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Resource Management

The Workforce

The Selective Service System (SSS) functions with a diverse workforce of dedicated women and men, civilian and military, in full-time, part-time, intermittent and voluntary capacities. Many employees are required to wear several hats, be creative, respond to problems, and  take on added responsibilities.

In accordance with Office of Personnel Management regulations, the SSS developed and implemented a Career Transition Assistance Plan. The Plan gives priority consideration to employees who have been displaced by a reduction-in-force and who apply for vacancies advertised through the Merit Promotion Program.

Civilian Personnel

Compensated civilian personnel serve in full-time, part-time, and intermittent positions. During FY 1996, the Agency had an authorized civilian employment ceiling of 185 full-time equivalents (FTEs); however, only 179 of these FTEs were used. Civilian personnel are located at National Headquarters, Arlington, Virginia; the Data Management Center and Region I Headquarters, both in Great Lakes, Illinois; Region II Headquarters, Marietta, Georgia; and Region III Headquarters, Denver, Colorado.

The Agency has 56 State Directors appointed by the Director of Selective Service after being recommended by the governors or chief executives of states, commonwealths, and territories. State Directors serve on an intermittent basis during peacetime, and are responsible for managing Agency activities within their jurisdictions.

Military Personnel

The Agency is authorized 745 Reserve Force Officers (RFOs). During FY 1996, 518 RFO positions were funded and, of those, 455 were filled at the end of the fiscal year. RFOs attend inactive duty training assemblies (drills) and annual training to maintain proficiency in their SSS assignments.

The Agency is also authorized 25 active duty positions. Of these, 16 are filled. The active duty personnel are assigned to National and all three Region Headquarters. They serve in various important positions which require liaison between the civilian and military sectors.


Forming the largest segment of the SSS workforce are the 10,488 uncompensated civilian volunteers who serve on the Selective Service Boards. Members of District Appeal Boards, Civilian Review Boards, and Local Boards are trained by Selective Service. A representative few of these dedicated Americans are profiled throughout this Annual Report.

National Appeal Board Members are appointed by the President. District Appeal and Civilian Review Board Members are recommended by Region Directors and appointed by the Director of Selective Service. Local Boards Members are recommended by state governors and appointed by the Director of Selective Service in the name of the President.

During a draft, Local Board Members are responsible for determining classifications of men seeking exemptions or deferments. District Appeal Board Members are responsible for acting on classification appeals. The Civilian Review Boards review alternative service work assignments that are appealed by conscientious objectors. The National Appeal Board serves as the final level of all appeals relating to a registrant’s classification. All boards, other than the three-member National Appeal Board, must be proportionately representative of the race and national origin of the registrants in the board’s jurisdiction to the maximum extent possible.


With the appointment of a new contracting officer in FY 1996, the Agency’s acquisition systems were reviewed for conformity with Federal statutes, regulations, and good business judgment. The specific factors of procurement organization and authority, as well as the timeliness of procurement procedures, were also examined. As a result of this evaluation, a program was started to automate all functional areas and expand electronic data transfer for procurement functions. This will be completed in FY 1997.

Publications and Records

A review of automated systems as defined in the Government Information Locator System (GILS) was conducted in FY 1996. All Agency entries comply with requirements.


Last Updated April 30, 2002
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