are not classified now. Classification is the process
of determining who is available for military service
and who is deferred or exempted. Classifications are
based on each individual registrant's circumstances
and beliefs. A classification program would go into
effect when Congress and the President decide to resume
a draft. Then, men who are qualified for induction would
have the opportunity to file a claim for exemptions,
deferments, and postponements from military service.
Here is a list of some, though not all, classifications
and what they mean:
- available immediately for military service.
1-O Conscientious Objector-
conscientiously opposed to both types (combatant and
non-combatant) of military training and service -
fulfills his service obligation as a civilian alternative
1-A-O Conscientious Objector
- conscientiously opposed to training and military
service requiring the use of arms - fulfills his service
obligation in a noncombatant position within the military.
2-D Ministerial Students - deferred from military
3-A Hardship Deferment - deferred from military service
because service would cause hardship upon his family.
4-C Alien or Dual National - sometimes exempt from
4-D Ministers of Religion - exempted from military
Student Postponements - a college student may have
his induction postponed until he finishes the current
semester or, if a senior, the end of the academic
year. A high school student may have his induction
postponed until he graduates or until he reaches age
20. Appealing a Classification - A man may appeal
his classification to a Selective Service Appeal Board.