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Selective Service System seeking board members

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The Selective Service System wants to hear from men and women in the community who might be willing to serve as members of local draft boards.

Even though there is no draft today, the country must be ready in case a national emergency requires Selective Service to provide additional personnel to augment the volunteer U.S. Armed Forces, stated a news release.

Board members are volunteers who play an important role in their community and are closely connected with the nation’s defense, according to the release. If a military draft becomes necessary, local boards would decide which young men receive deferments, postponements or exemptions from military service based on federal guidelines.

Once identified as qualified candidates for appointment, members are recommended by the governor and appointed by the director of the Selective Service, who acts on behalf of the president of the United States in making the appointments.

Board members, once appointed, can remain on the board for up to 20 years.

“Local board members really love serving on these boards because they know they are serving their country in a unique way – they find it really interesting, and they choose to stay as long as they can,” said Tony Libri, who serves as the state director for the Illinois Selective Service System, in the release. “Many of our current board members have reached their maximum time allowed and are stepping down, so now is the time for new board members to begin their service.”

There is a need to fill vacant board positions across Illinois. Local board members must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old and residents of the area served by the board. They may not be active, reserve or guard members of the Armed Forces. Nor can they be retired military or employed in a law enforcement occupation.

Those interested can contact the Selective Service at christopher.brennan@sss.gov, call the region headquarters at 847-688-7993 or visit the Selective Service website at www.sss.gov (click on the tab labeled “Volunteers,” then select “Board Member Program”).