Mission of the Selective Service is to provide manpower to
the Department of Defense for military service in the event
of a national emergency declared by the Congress or the President;
implement an Alternative Service Program for registrants classified
as conscientious objectors; and, maintain a program to conscript
health care personnel when directed. The all-volunteer armed
force, instituted in 1973, was never intended to stand alone
in time of emergency. In the event of conflict, the armed
forces will be quickly augmented by the National Guard and
the Reserves. If necessary, the Selective Service System will
be mobilized to direct registrants to the Military Entrance
Processing Stations (MEPS) around the country.
The first step to be taken in the event of a health care (i.e.
Special Skills Draft) or general conscription would be to
conduct a lottery to assign random sequence numbers to determine
the order in which registrants are ordered for an Armed Forces
examination, and if found qualified, inducted. If a registrant
believes that he qualifies for a deferment or exemption, he
may file a claim with a Selective Service Area Office. Receipt
of such a claim will delay the reporting date of the registrant
until his claim has been adjudicated.