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
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.
addition, each board has several unique requirements:
National Appeal board members cannot have served as a member
of the board for an accumulative period of more than five
District Appeal board members must be residents of the federal
judicial district geographical area over which the board
has jurisdiction and they cannot have served as a member
of a Selective Service board for an accumulative period
of more than 20 years.
Local board members must be residents of the county or political
subdivision in which the board has jurisdiction and they
cannot have served as a member of a Selective Service board
for an accumulative period of more than 20 years.
and District Appeal board members may not be employed
by a public or private enterprise to handle Selective Service
matters or hold a position in private or public enterprise
with duties that would be incompatible with the duties of
their respective boards.
who are interested in becoming members of a Selective Service
board, other than the National Appeal Board, must apply for
the position and be interviewed before they are considered
for appointment. An individual interested in applying
board membership application may do so online.