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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

John Beebe - Region I

Board Member of the Month – John Beebe - Region I

Mr. John Beebe joined the Selective Service System as a local board member in 2015. He was attending a meeting at the Lake County American Legion when two Reserve Force Officers gave a talk about the Selective Service System and asked for volunteers. Mr. Beebe raised his hand to volunteer just like he has done countless times in the past.

Mr. Beebe is passionate about giving back to the community. It was during Boy Scouts when this passion was first kindled. As a youngster, Mr. Beebe and the rest of his Boy Scout troop got involved with a food drive for families in need. They would go door to door collecting food to be distributed by the Boy Scouts of America. Even after the Boy Scout’s food drive ended, he and some other boys continued to collect food and deliver it to neighbors in need. His enthusiasm for philanthropy continues to this day.

Mr. Beebe has lived his whole life in and around Lake County, IN. He married a girl from neighboring Calumet City and they raised a son and a daughter. Mr. Beebe now has three grandchildren whom he is very proud of. Because of his deep roots in Northwest Indiana, Mr. Beebe is constantly involved with civic organizations working to improve his community. He has received numerous awards for his efforts. The latest of which is the “Lake Area United Way Volunteer of the Year” Award. After the Northwest Indiana flood of 2008, Mr. Beebe led the efforts to organize the rebuilding of his community. Along with a small army of volunteers, he cleared out the damage and organized the repairs to over 3,000 homes.

To Mr. Beebe, just being a board member is not enough. He has planned events for the other Lake County board members so they can get to know one another. He continues to have coffee with many of them on a regular basis. Lake County is lucky to have Mr. Beebe as a member of their community. And, we are lucky to have him as a board member with the Selective Service System.

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 the latest 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.