About the Agency

The Selective Service System is an independent agency within the Executive Branch of the U.S. Federal Government. The Director of Selective Service is appointed by the President of the United States. Selective Service is not part of the Department of Defense.

Statutory Authority

The legislation under which this agency operates is the Military Selective Service Act, 50 U.S.C. 3801 et seq. (formerly 50 U.S.C. App 451 et seq.).

“The Selective Service system shall be maintained as an active standby organization… .”

[Sec. 3809 (h), Military Selective Service Act]


The Selective Service System and the registration requirement for America's young men provide our Nation with a structure and a system of guidelines which will provide the most prompt, efficient, and equitable draft possible, if the country should need it. America's leaders agree that despite the success of the All-Volunteer Force, registration with Selective Service must continue as a key component of national security strategy.


The statutory two-part mission of Selective Service is to be prepared to provide trained and untrained personnel to the DoD in the event of a national emergency and to be prepared to implement an Alternative Service Program for registrants classified as conscientious objectors.


Director Donald M. Benton Director, Donald M. Benton

Donald M. Benton was sworn in as the 13th Director of the U.S. Selective Service System on April 13, 2017. He was appointed by President Donald Trump on April 11, 2017.

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Senior Staff

Acting Deputy Director
Adam J. Copp

Acting Chief of Staff
Roderick R. Hubbard

General Counsel
Rudy G. Sanchez

Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

Operations / Information Technology
Adam J. Copp

Financial Management / Chief Financial Officer
Roderick R. Hubbard

Chief Information Officer
Scott W. Jones

Data Management Center
Nicole F. Harris - Manager

Region I
Thomas J. Kenney

Region II
Carlos M. Perez

Region III
John J. Wilber