Selective Service System has three regions nationwide
to handle Agency business in their respective area.
Each region headquarters is headed by a region director
and has a small full-time staff of nine employees.
Geographic boundaries and locations of the
headquarters are shown on the following map.
regions were established in 1981, after the Selective
Service System was revitalized. In August 1994, they
were consolidated to form the three regions shown on
the above map. The region headquarters are responsible
for keeping the local boards within their jurisdictions
at full strength. In addition, they coordinate training
of all board members. Selective Service has more than
2,000 local and appeal boards, comprised of approximately
11,000 volunteer civilian board members nationwide.
In the event of a draft, local and appeal boards would
be mobilized to form the "backbone" of Selective
Service. Board members would decide draft deferments,
postponements, and exemptions based upon claims filed
by the young men who are selected for induction.
regions also administer and conduct the training of
hundreds of Reserve Force Officers (RFOs) assigned to
Selective Service in their regions. The Selective Service
System has about 150 National Guard and Reserve officers
authorized. They are members of every branch of the
Reserve Components of the Armed Forces, with the exception
of the Air National Guard. RFOs perform 48 drills and
two weeks of annual training per year. This part-time
cadre of military officers is paid by the respective
military service component; however, the individual
services are reimbursed for most costs incurred, including
RFO travel, pay, and benefit expenses. The reservists’
jobs are to train and be ready in the case of a return
to the draft, to assist in improving on-time registration
of young men in America’s communities, and to
conduct training for board members. In the event of
a draft, RFOs would open and staff more than 400 Selective
Service area offices, be assigned to state headquarters,
and serve as liaison officers at Military Entrance Processing
Stations. RFO assignments and activities are controlled
by each region headquarters.