Sources of Information on Selective Service

The law under which the Selective Service System operates is the Military Selective Service Act. (Act of June 24, 1948, c. 625, 62 Stat. 604, as amended; 50 U.S.C. App. 451 et seq.). Selective Service Regulations are contained in Part 1600 of Title 32 of the Code of Federal Regulations (32 CFR 1600).

The periodic reports of the Director of Selective Service to the Congress discuss the current activities of the Agency. These reports have been published annually from 1948 to 1967, semiannually from 1968 to 1988. Currently, the reports are published annually as a result of the requirement change in 1989. They are usually available in the government documents section of major libraries. Detailed information concerning current Selective Service procedures is available from the Selective Service Public Affairs Office.

Following is a list of books dealing with various aspects of Selective Service and the draft during various periods of history. This is only a partial listing and is not meant as a definitive bibliography, nor as an endorsement for any of the publications.

Baskir, Lawrence M. and Strauss, William A., Chance and Circumstance: The Draft, The War and The Vietnam Generation. New York: Vintage Books, 1978.

Berryman, Sue E., Who Serves? The Persistent Myth of the Underclass Army. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1988.

Carper, Jean, Bitter Greetings: The Scandal of the Military Draft. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1967.

Chambers, John Whiteclay II, To Raise an Army--The Draft Comes to Modern America. The Free Press, McMillan, Inc., NY, NY, 1987.

Clifford, J. Garry and Spencer, Samuel R., Jr., The First Peacetime Draft. Lawrence, Kan.: The University Press Of Kansas, 1986.

Davis, James W., Jr. and Dolbeare, Kenneth M., Little Groups of Neighbors. Chicago: Markham Publishing Co., 1968.

Fitzpatrick, Edward A., Conscription and America. Milwaukee, Wis.: Richard Publishing Co.. 1940.

Flynn, George Q., Lewis B. Hershey, Mr. Selective Service. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985.

Flynn, George Q., The Draft, 1940 - 1973, Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 1993.

Gates, Thomas S., chairman, The Report of the President’s Commission on an All-Volunteer Armed Force. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1970.

Harwood, Michael, The Student’s Guide to Military Service. New York: Bantam Books, 1965.

Jacobs, Clyde E. and Gallagher, John F. The Selective Service Act: A Case Study of the Governmental Process. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1967.

Kendall, David E. and Ross, Leonard, The Lottery and the Draft: Where Do I Stand? New York: Harper & Row, 1970.

Leach, Jack Franklin, Conscription in the United States: Historical Background. Rutland, Vt.: Charles E. Tuttle Publishing Co., 1952.

Leinwand, Gerald, The Draft. New York: Pocket Books, 1970.

Magruder, Carter B., chairman, Report of the Task Force on the Structure of the Selective Service System. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1967.

Marmion, Harry A., The Case Against a Volunteer Army. Chicago, Quadrangle Books, 1971.

Marmion, Harry A., Selective Service: Conflict and Compromise, 1968.

Marshall, Burke, chairman, In Pursuit of Equity: Who Serves When Not All Serve? Report of the National Advisory Commission on Selective Service. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1967.

National Manpower Conference, Student Deferment and National Manpower Policy. New York: Columbia University Press, 1952.

National Security Training Commission, Universal Military Training: Foundation of Enduring National Strength. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1951.

Sanders, Jacquin, The Draft and the Vietnam War. New York: Walker & Co., 1966.

Shapiro, Andrew O. and Striker, John M., Mastering the Draft--A Comprehensive Guide for Solving Draft Problems. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1970.

Suttler, David, IV-F: A Guide to Medical, Psychiatric, and Moral Unfitness Standards for Military Induction. New York: Grove Press, 1970.

Tatum, Arlo and Tuchinsky, Joseph S., Guide to the Draft, 3rd edition, revised. Boston: Beacon Press, 1972.

Tax, Sol, editor, The Draft: A Handbook of Facts and Alternatives. The University of Chicago Press, 1967.

Trytten, M.H., Student Deferment in Selective Service. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1952.

Wamsley, Gary, Selective Service and a Changing America, 1967.