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Service for America

Volunteering with Selective Service

Looking for volunteer opportunities to serve your community and nation?

Become a Board Member for the Selective Service System and join the men and women who are closely connected to our nation’s defense helping to increase Selective Service registration awareness.

What is a Selective Service local Board?

Local Board Members play an important community role closely connected with our nation’s defense. In the event of a draft, approximately 2,000 Selective Service local boards would decide which registrants in their respective communities receive deferments, postponements, and/or exemptions based upon established criteria. Each local board consists of three or more members who are appointed by the President from recommendations made by the respective Governors or comparable executive officials.

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Public Service

Join the dynamic team of professionals at the Selective Service.

Explore a career in public service with challenging work, training, advancement opportunities, competitive wages, healthcare coverage, paid vacation, and unique work-life benefits including telework, remote work. and flexible schedules.

Explore federal service opportunities with SSS or other federal agencies.

USAJOBS serves as the federal government’s primary employment platform, linking job seekers to federal job opportunities nationwide and globally to help individuals find the perfect job matches.

OPM assists the president in overseeing the federal government’s civil service and seek candidates to support crucial initiatives, providing rewarding experiences in HR guidance and contributing to an efficient employment merit system.

Collaboration with Federal, State and Territory Partners on Service Opportunities

Currently, in active standby, which is our peacetime posture, we interact with state and territory partners primarily on readiness requirements and registration awareness. This includes governors’ recommendation of both the state/territory directors and volunteer local board members, all of whom are appointed by the Director of Selective Service on behalf of the President of the United States. This requires continual collaboration with the states and territories to ensure the state director position is filled and local boards across America appropriately staffed with men and women from the communities where they live.

The Selective Service has partnered with the Department of Defense (DoD) for more than 20 years on recruiting for the all-volunteer military, sharing DoD recruiting materials with the nearly one million Selective Service registration acknowledgement letters mailed registrants annually. This initiative has provided the Services with tens of thousands of recruiting leads annually.

We also interact on readiness considerations related to entering into agreements with federal and state agencies for participation in our Alternative Service program for conscientious objectors should the nation mobilize in response to a national emergency, which may include a major conflict. The Alternative Service program allows individuals who are granted an exemption as a conscientious objector by a local board to meet their obligation for two years of national service in lieu of serving in the military.

These initiatives underscore the vision and goals of the White House Interagency Policy Committee on National Service, as well as the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service’s recommendations urging governmental partners to cultivate broader awareness of national, military and public service and expand opportunities to participate in some form of service in America.

Supporting Service Opportunities

The SSS is partnering with AmeriCorps by exchanging data to highlight volunteer opportunities within both Agencies. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations to strengthen communities across our nation, AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve directly with nonprofit organizations to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges.

The SSS is partnering with Peace Corps by exchanging data to highlight volunteer opportunities within both Agencies. In more than 60 countries, Peace Corps Volunteers are putting their purpose, passion, and skills to work in partnership with welcoming host communities. As a Volunteer, you will live and work on locally prioritized projects, receiving a stipend and other support as you are immersed in a new culture.


Discover volunteer opportunities and learn how you can make an impact in causes you care about.​Submit your volunteer application to thousands of sites across the country, all located at federal agencies who need your time and talent to meet their mission.​

The SSS has collaborated with Today’s Military.  The Military is made up of six branches, each with their own active-duty and part-time components. Each varies in service commitment, location and how its members contribute to the overall mission of protecting our country, though all components are on the same rank-based pay scale.