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BOARD MEMBER REQUIREMENTS
An important component of the Selective Service System is its citizen volunteers who make up the Local Boards, and District and National Appeal Boards. Local and District Appeal board members are appointed by the Director of Selective Service after being recommended for their respective positions. National Appeal board members are appointed directly by the President of the United States. However, no matter who appoints these board members, they are all chosen using a set of guidelines. This ensures that the most competent individuals for the job are appointed.
All three boards have several guidelines in common. Board members must be: citizens of the United States; at least 18 years of age; not an active or retired member of the Armed Forces or any reserve component of the Armed Forces; able to devote sufficient time to board affairs; and willing to fairly and uniformly apply Selective Service law, regulations and procedures.
The mission of the Selective Service System is:
- to provide manpower to the armed forces in an emergency; and
- to run an Alternative Service Program for men classified as conscientious objectors during a draft.
Selective Service would provide manpower to the military by conducting a draft using a list of young men's names gathered through the Selective Service registration process. Virtually all men - ages 18 through 25 - must register. Only if there is high compliance with this law, will a future draft be fair and equitable. The obligation of a man to register is imposed by the Military Selective Service Act, which establishes and governs the operations of the Selective Service System.
The Alternative Service Program would provide public service work assignments in America's communities in lieu of military service for men classified as conscientious objectors to all military service.
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