Key to successful operation
of the Selective Service System, especially during a
national emergency, is grass roots understanding, involvement,
and support. The link between the policymakers at National
Headquarters and the scores of State Directors, hundreds
of RFOs, and thousands of volunteer board members are
the three Region Headquarters.
FY 1996 was a "moving"
experience for each of the Region Headquarters. Region
I moved from Building 1 on the Naval Training Center,
Great Lakes, Illinois, to facilities in Building 3400.
Region II moved to alternate space within its building
at 805 Walker Street, Marietta, Georgia. Region III
moved from the former Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center
to offices in Building 407 on what previously was Lowry
Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado.
A prime task for the
Regions during FY 1996 was identifying for appointment
hundreds of civilian volunteers to fill vacancies on
the various SSS boards. There are 2,060 five-person
Local Boards, 96 District Appeal Boards, and 48 Civilian
Review Boards for which the Region Headquarters are
responsible. Special emphasis was placed on insuring
the makeup of boards proportionately reflected, to the
maximum degree practicable, the ethnic and racial composition
of the registrants they would serve in a draft.
Other activities common
among the three Regions included conducting the Area
Office Workload Study. Done once every five years, the
study of Area Offices and Local Boards was initiated
as scheduled in FY 1996. It evaluates the boundaries
marking the geographic jurisdictions of separate Area
Offices and Local Boards from registrant population
data. Additionally, it makes recommendations for restructuring
geographic lines of responsibility based on real or
projected population changes.
Region Directors meet with SSS Director
Gil Coronado. From l. to r., Region II Director,
Lt. Col. Keith Scragg; Region I Director,
Col. Ron Meilstrup; Region III Director,
Col. Wayne McDonald; and Director Coronado.
Region I is comprised
of 16 states extending from the Midwest through the
northeast, including Washington, D.C., and New York
City (which is considered a separate entity from the
rest of the state for SSS administration). Major population
centers within Region I include Chicago, Boston, New
York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cleveland, Milwaukee,
Pittsburgh, and Washington.
The Region hosted two
separate briefings for Adjutants General of the states
in its jurisdiction. The briefings provided Adjutants
General with updates about Agency plans and initiatives
and included a tour of the Data Management Center.
There were three "Make
Things Work" training sessions at the Region's
offices in January and February, 1996, providing State
Directors and 33 Detachment Commanders with a forum
for sharing ideas and experiences. State Directors unable
to attend these sessions were trained at Fort Indiantown
Gap, Pennsylvania, in May 1996.
Board member recruiting
drives were conducted in Pennsylvania and New York.
Using ideas that were successful in other states, these
drives were also successful in attracting highly qualified
volunteers for consideration by State governors.
The Wisconsin National
Guard Detachment updated and revised what was formerly
a "view graph presentation" and produced an
easily transportable 35mm slide production. National
Headquarters approved it for nationwide use as a part
of the Initial Board Member Training program.
An experimental Local
Board Member Continuation Training initiative was conducted
at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The Region conducted Local
Board Member Continuation Training for approximately
50 percent of its assigned volunteers.
Two new State Directors
joined the Agency in Region I during FY 1996, representing
Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. The Region added 76 replacement
board members. Sixty of them attended Initial Board
Member Training sessions held in various locations throughout
To help explain Selective
Service registration procedures to Hispanics, and to
encourage them to volunteer for board member appointments,
RFOs attended Spanish Catholic Center Citizenship Workshops
in Maryland in October and December 1995. RFOs also
attended citizenship workshops conducted by the Latino
Civil Rights Task Force in Washington, D.C., and Maryland.
In addition, RFOs attended an Illinois Coalition for
Immigrant and Refugee Protection's "Citizenship
Festival" in Chicago in November 1995.
September the Region held its annual State Directors/Detachment
Commanders Conference in Chicago.
Region II is comprised
of the 13 southeastern states stretching from Texas
to Florida to West Virginia, and the territories of
Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Region
is authorized 15 State Directors, 36 Reserve and National
Guard detachments, 163 RFOs, 3,480 board members, and
481 Area Office Augmentees.
At the close of FY 1996,
the Region's 13 states and two territories had over
96 percent of all Local Board Member positions filled.
Of the 3,143 assigned board members, more than 96 percent
have completed Initial Board Member Training. Throughout
the year 11 Initial Board Member Training sessions were
conducted and 165 new board member appointments were
Almost one-half of the
assigned Local Board Members were offered Continuation
Training and 80 percent of them, or over 750 members,
were able to take advantage of the training.
Of the 152 RFOs assigned
to Region II's detachments, nearly 82 percent have completed
all Training Guidance Outline lesson modules. In addition,
114 RFOs were tested and passed the Area Office Manager
Certification examination. Eleven new RFOs were trained
at a New Officer State Director Training and Professional
Development Course session.
conferences were held at each state and territory throughout
the year. A State Directors and Detachment Commanders
planning conference was held in September 1996. The
Director and other National Headquarters staff members
were present to provide information and guidance.
Through the Region's
registration improvement initiatives, public service
announcements for registration awareness were displayed
on the electronic displays of the Goodyear Blimp as
it circled over the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Registration awareness messages also appeared on the
electronic sign boards at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium
during Atlanta Braves seasonal games, and the National
and World Series championships. Governors from Arkansas,
Florida, Mississippi, and South Carolina signed proclamations
in commemoration and support of the 56th anniversary
of the SSS. Mayors, city councils and county governments
also issued proclamations in favor and support of Selective
Region III is responsible
for more than half of the geographic area of the United
States, ranging from the states of Minnesota to Missouri,
bordering the Mississippi River on the east, to Guam
and the Mariana Islands on the west, and from Alaska
in the north to New Mexico on the Region's southeastern
boundary. There are a total of 23 states and territories.
To administer this Region, there are 40 Reserve and
National Guard detachments, 181 RFOs, 23 State Directors
and 3,330 board members in addition to the small full-time
staff. There are 23 State Headquarters, 158 Area Offices
and over 660 Local Boards as administrative units.
Board member staffing
was maintained at 98 percent. Fourteen Initial Board
Member Training sessions were held for 172 new members.
Recruiting for board members continued with an emphasis
on obtaining board compositions that proportionately
reflected the race and national origin of the registrants
in the serviced area. In California, minority board
membership has increased by 20 percent.
Timely recruiting efforts
by detachment commanders resulted in 33 new officers
attending New Officer Training in July 1996. In addition,
nine officers attended from Region I. Nearly 90 percent
of eligible Local Board Members met the continuation
training requirements for the year.
site visits were conducted by RFOs at all 158 Area Office
locations and the 23 State Headquarters. The visits
ensured the accuracy, currency and reliability of the
Region's readiness plans.
Through Region initiatives,
exhibits were displayed at a number of conferences and
conventions. California personnel attended the California
Association of Bilingual Educators Conference in February
1996. In July, staff members and RFOs from Colorado
participated in the LaRaza National Conference at Denver.
In August, the California State Director and RFOs hosted
an information booth at the California State Fair in
Sacramento. Region III representatives also attended
the September 1996 session of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber
of Commerce's Annual Convention and International EXPO
in Denver. At each event, team members staffed an exhibit
and provided information and answered questions about
registration, explained the role of the Agency in national
defense, and discussed opportunities for citizens to
serve as board members.
Region III conducted
a planning conference for State Directors and Detachment
Commanders in August 1996. The Executive Director, Director
for Operations, and Director for Public and Congressional
Affairs attended from National Headquarters and provided
information and guidance to the attendees.