Local board members are uncompensated volunteers who play an important community role closely connected with the nations defense. If a military draft becomes necessary, approximately 2,000 local and appeal boards throughout America would decide which young men in each community receive deferments, postponements or exemptions from military service, based on federal guidelines.
Several positions are currently open for residents of Rhode Island.
Prospective board members must be U.S. citizens, at least 18, registered with Selective Service (if men), not be an employee of any law enforcement occupation, not be an active or retired member of the armed forces and not have been convicted for any criminal offense.
Once identified as qualified candidates for appointment, they are recommended by the governor and appointed by the director of the Selective Service, who acts on behalf of the president in making the appointments.
New members receive five hours of initial training after appointment, followed by two hours of annual training for as long as they remain in the position. They may serve in board member positions up to a total of 20 years, if desired.
Those who believe they meet the standards of Selective Service board membership and wish to be considered for an appointment should call 401-529-8380 or go to www.sss.gov/localboardmembers/bminquiry.asp.