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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

Laurence Tallman - Region 1

Board Member of the Month – Laurence Tallman - Region 1

Mr. Laurence Tallman, a Selective Service board member for Genesee County, NY, is a vocal and general music teacher at Byron-Bergen Central Schools in Bergen, NY. He is a graduate of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and has taught choral, instrumental, and general music at all levels, kindergarten through college, for 28 years. He has studied composition at the Birmingham Conservatory of Music, Birmingham, England, and composed more than 100 works of choral and instrumental music for various student and professional ensembles. Mr. Tallman is a celebrated clinician and lead teacher and has received several awards for his contributions to his field. He most recently celebrated the world premiere of “10 (Again)”, a musical in which he wrote the book and lyrics, as well as composed the music. Mr. Tallman plays bassoon with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra and is married to Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) David Keller of the U.S. Army. He was introduced to the Selective Service System by a friend of the family, Lieutenant David Hartz with U.S. Navy.

Mr. Tallman was appointed three years ago as a board member for the Selective Service System and has since been an active participant supporting Selective Service’s mission in his community. He feels it is an honor to serve his country and community in this capacity and is proud to be a local board member. He continues to address registration awareness with local high school students and explains to them the importance and significance of this civic duty.

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 FormThis 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.