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About Selective Service

About the Agency

The Selective Service System is an independent agency within the Executive Branch of the U.S. Federal Government. The Director of Selective Service is appointed by the President of the United States. Selective Service is not part of the Department of Defense.

Our Vision

We are a trusted, actively engaged National Defense partner, and the sole source of conscripted talent for national security in the event of a national emergency.

Our Mission

To register men and maintain a system that, when authorized by the President and Congress, rapidly provides personnel in a fair and equitable manner while managing an alternative service program for conscientious objectors.

Quick Figures

Registration Compliance (CY 2018)

Men, 18 through 25 years old, who have registered: 91 percent. Number of names and addresses on file for men, 18 through 25 years old: Nearly 17 million.

Agency Budget (FY 2020)                                 

$27,100,000 enacted

Statutory Authority

The legislation under which this agency operates is the Military Selective Service Act, 50 U.S.C. 3801 et seq. (formerly 50 U.S.C. App 451 et seq.). “The Selective Service system shall be maintained as an active standby organization… .”

See the Military Selective Service Act

Leadership

National Director
Donald M. Benton

Donald M. Benton was sworn in as the 13th Director of the U.S. Selective Service System on April 13, 2017. He was appointed by President Donald Trump on April 11, 2017.

Prior to his appointment as Director of the Selective Service System, President Trump named Benton as a Senior White House Advisor to lead the transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Benton brings over 30 years of public service experience to Selective Service. He was a Washington state senator for 20 years. He was elected Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party. Benton served in the state House of Representatives for two years.

Benton is the son of a WWII Retired Naval Officer and the brother of two Vietnam combat veterans. Don Benton and his wife of 36 years, Mary, have four children.

See Full Bio

Past Directors

National Headquarters

Deputy Director
John P. Prigmore

Chief of Staff
Wadi A. Yakhour

General Counsel
Rudy G. Sanchez

Operations
Craig T. Brown

Support Services & Chief Financial Officer
Roderick R. Hubbard

Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
Wadi A. Yakhour (Acting)

Chief Information Officer
Scott Jones

Data Management Center
Nicole F. Harris

Regions

Region I
Thomas J. Kenney

Region II
Carlos M. Perez

Region III
Brett J. Williams (Acting)

Agency Structure

The Selective Service System’s structure consists of the National Headquarters, Data Management Center, and three Region Headquarters, with 124 full-time employees authorized.

Also part of Selective Service is a field structure of military Reservists and civilian volunteer board members. Each state, the four U.S. territories (Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands), District of Columbia, and New York City also have a state director. Selective Service’s Reservists, board members, and state directors are the agency’s standby components. They serve part-time for the agency, remaining trained and ready to be called into service in the event of a draft.

 

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