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.
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.
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.
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)
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… .”
Mr. Joel C. Spangenberg, an appointee of the Biden-Harris Administration and member of the Senior Executive Service, became Deputy Director of the Selective Service System in August 2022. As an agency executive, he will serve in the capacity as acting Director, overseeing 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.
Previously, he served in senior career roles as the first Executive Director of Operations at the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, Deputy Associate Administrator for External Affairs at the National Nuclear Security Administration, and Associate Director of Governmental Affairs at Naval Reactors
Craig T. Brown, Acting
Chief of Staff
Micheal A. Migliara, Acting
Rudy G. Sanchez
Associate Director, Operations
Thomas J. Kenney, Acting
Associate Director, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
Jacob G. Daniels, Acting
Associate Director, Information Technology & Chief Information Officer
Scott W. Jones
Associate Director, Support Services / Chief Financial Officer
Manager, Data Management Center
Nicole F. Harris
Thomas J. Kenney
Carlos M. Perez
Steven L. Kett
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.