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VOLUNTEERS - Board Member Program

Selective Service wants to hear from men and women in the community who might be willing to serve as members of local boards.

Local boards members are volunteers nominated by state governor or equivalent officials, and appointed by the Director of the Selective Service System on behalf of the U.S. President. They play an important community role closely connected with our nation's defense.

If a military draft becomes necessary, approximately 2,000 local boards throughout the United States would decide which young men in each community receive deferments, postponements, or exemptions from military service based on federal guidelines.


Board Member Requirements

  • Must be 18 years old or older
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Men must have registered with Selective Service, except those born from March 29, 1957 through December 31, 1959
  • Must not be a member of law enforcement occupation as defined by Selective Service policy (example: police officer or judge)
  • Must not be an active or retired career member of the Armed Forces or Reserves or National Guard
  • Must not have been convicted of any criminal offense

Group of Various Board MembersLocal and Appeal Boards

A Selective Service local board is a group of five citizen volunteers appointed by the President. They play an important community role closely connected with our nation's defense. If a military draft becomes necessary, approximately 2,000 local boards throughout America would decide which young men in each community receive deferments, postponements, or exemptions from military service based on federal guidelines.

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Featured Board Member of the Month

Dennis J. Dubee - Region I, Rhode Island

Board Member of the Month – Dennis J. Dubee - Region I, Rhode Island

Mr. Dennis J. Dubee is the Chairperson for Technology Education and Visual Arts, at Toll Gate High School in Warwick, RI. He has taught for a combined 32 years at the secondary and postsecondary level in the technical field.

Mr. Dubee has proudly served on the Selective Service Board since 2011. In that time he has actively recruited new board members to fill vacancies in various regions in Rhode Island. As a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Dubee has shared his experiences in the service with his students.

“When I was first asked to become a member of the Selective Service Board I was honored and perplexed.  Like most of us, I thought the Draft Board was disbanded years ago and the military relied solely upon professional soldiers.  That was when I learned a new term ‘deep standby.’ After accepting my nomination, I met a group of board members who share the same patriotic affection for our country as I do.  At our annual board meeting I received professional training on what was expected of a board member. I was proud of the opportunity American citizens have to demonstrate their deeply held convictions that war is always wrong.  While I do not share these convictions, I was pleased that this opportunity to ‘speak your mind and practice your religious beliefs’ were firmly upheld during the Revolutionary War!  I learned how to interpret classification ratings, and through videos and group discussions become better prepared in rendering a decision if called upon. The Rhode Island Board is highly diverse, accurately representing our state population and dedicated to the mission statement of the Board.  I look forward to the meeting each year where we have an opportunity to greet each other again and review scenarios that make us better able to serve our Nation.

“It is a pleasure to provide students with the information they need to consider entering the military or the workforce. Many students have not had the opportunity to hear about the life-changing opportunities that service in our military can provide.  I am honored to be a candidate for the Selective Service Volunteer of the Month.”

Board Member Resources

For an online toolkit for anyone who wishes to help recruit new board members, or reach out to organizations that serve young men click here.

Board Member Information Request

Application Form

 

 

 

 

This form is for people interested in becoming a board member with Selective Service.

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To Apply:

Complete the request form for an application here. When you submit your information, you will receive in the mail an official application for board membership, a business reply envelope, and a Board Member Information Booklet which gives the details on board member responsibilities. Once you return your application, a Selective Service employee will contact you to schedule a personal interview.


Board Vacancies

NOTE:  Information listing board member vacancies is only available for Region 1 as a test run.  Based on the results from the test run for Region 1, Selective Service may provide a listing of board member vacancies for Region 2 and Region 3.


Local board appointments are for 20 years. The last largest recruitment of local board members was in Year 2000. In less than five years, a majority of Selective Service local board members will be reaching the end of their tenure. 


REGION 1:  CT, DE, IL, IN, ME, MD, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, and Washington DC, 

Authorized 3,620 board members; as of September 30, 2014, there were more than 3,400 local and appeal board members.

To see a listing of vacancies click here.


REGION 2:  AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Authorized 3,585 board members; as of September 30, 2014, there were 3,274 board members currently serving.


REGION 3:  AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, IA, KS, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands

Authorized 3,470 board members; as of September 30, 2014, 2,816 board members were currently serving.


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Any Questions?Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding Selective Service's board member program, please contact Selective Service by email: Information@sss.gov.