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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.
Local Board members are volunteers appointed by the President. They play an important community role closely connected with our nation's defense. If a military draft becomes necessary, approximately 2,000 Local Boards throughout America would decide which young men in each community receive deferments, postponements, or exemptions from military service based on federal guidelines.
Qualifications for becoming a Local Board Member:
- Must be 18 years old or older
- Must be a citizen of the United States
- Men must have registered with the Selective Service,except those born from March 29, 1957 through December 31, 1959.
- Must not be an employee of any law enforcement organization
- Must not be an active or retired member of the Armed Forces
- Must not have been convicted of any criminal offense.
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