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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 2019)

Men, 18 through 25 years old, who have registered: 92 percent. Number of names and addresses on file for men, 18 through 25 years old: Nearly 17 million.

Agency Budget (FY 2021)                                 

$26,000,000 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


Director of Selective Service System Craig Brown posing for photo

Acting Director
Craig T. Brown

Mr. Craig T. Brown became acting Director of the Selective Service System in January 2021. He has oversight of the National Headquarters staff, the Data Management Center, and three Regional headquarters throughout the United States consisting of Civil Servants, Reservists from six services, and over 10,000 volunteers. Mr. Brown has been with Selective Service since 2018 and is a member of the Senior Executive Service.

Prior to joining the Selective Service System, Mr. Brown worked as a DoD contractor supporting Joint, Army and Navy programs in various capacities for more than 20 years.

See Full Bio

Past Directors

National Headquarters

Deputy Director
Micheal Migliara, Acting

Chief of Staff
Bishop Garrison

General Counsel
Rudy G. Sanchez

Associate Director, Operations
Thomas J. Kenney, Acting

Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
Micheal A. Migliara

Associate Director, Information Technology & Chief Information Officer
Scott W. Jones

Associate Director, Support Services / Chief Financial Officer
Jennifer A. Hughes

Manager, Data Management Center
Nicole F. Harris


Region I
Thomas J. Kenney

Region II
Carlos M. Perez

Region III
Steven L. Kett

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.


Agency Structure Return to the Draft

Selective Service System regional map