The Mission of the Selective Service is to provide manpower to the Department of Defense for military service in the event of a national emergency declared by the Congress or the President; implement an Alternative Service Program for registrants classified as conscientious objectors; and, maintain a program to conscript health care personnel when directed.
The Selective Service System is an independent Agency within the Executive Branch of the Federal government. The legislation under which the Agency operates is the Military Selective Service Act (MSSA).
All board members serve without pay. Board Members are appointed by the Director of Selective Service in the name of the President, upon the recommendation of the Governor or comparable executive official. Board Members must reside within the area served by the board to which they are appointed.
There is no current requirement for the Selective Service System to provide manpower to the Department of Defense. If and when Selective Service is called upon to provide manpower, the integrity and credibility of the entire conscription process will depend on a fair and effective classification process maintained by highly able, trusted and objective leaders in local communities.