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Selective Service System

National Headquarters, Arlington, VA 22209-2425


DIRECTOR Donald M. Benton
Deputy Director Adam J. Copp, Acting

Chief Information Officer Scott W. Jones
Chief of Staff Roderick R. Hubbard, Acting
General Counsel Rudy G. Sanchez, Jr.

Financial Management / Chief Financial Officer Roderick R. Hubbard
Operations Adam J. Copp
Public and Intergovernmental Affairs (vacancy)

The above list of key personnel was updated 07–2017.

The above list of key personnel was updated 07–2017.

The Selective Service System supplies the Armed Forces with manpower in an emergency and operates an Alternative Service Program for men classified as conscientious objectors.

Organizational Chart

The Selective Service System was established by the Military Selective Service Act (50 U.S.C. app. 451-471a). The act requires the registration of male citizens of the United States and all other male persons who are in the United States and who are ages 18 to 25. The act exempts members of the active Armed Forces and nonimmigrant aliens. Proclamation 4771 of July 20, 1980, requires male persons born on or after January 1, 1960, and who have attained age 18, but have not attained age 26 to register. Registration is conducted at post offices within the United States, at U.S. Embassies and consulates outside the United States, and online at the Selective Service System's Web site.

The act imposes liability for training and service in the Armed Forces upon registrants who are ages 18 to 26, except those who are exempt or deferred. Persons who have been deferred remain liable for training and service until age 35. Aliens are not liable for training and service until they have remained in the United States for more than 1 year. Conscientious objectors who are opposed to all service in the Armed Forces are required to perform civilian work in lieu of induction into the Armed Forces.

The authority to induct registrants, including doctors and allied medical specialists, expired on July 1, 1973.

Sources of Information

Business Opportunities

For information on opportunities for small businesses, call 703-605-4038.


The Selective Service System offers competitive wages, the Thrift Savings Plan with matching funds, health care benefits, paid vacation time, and work-life benefit options that include telework, as well as alternate and flexible work schedules for most positions. For more information, visit the "Careers" Web page or contact the Office of Human Resources. Phone, 703-605-4040.

The Selective Service System posts the results of past Federal employee viewpoint surveys on its Web site.


Frequently requested forms are available on the Selective Service System's Web site.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

An information seeker should submit his or her request in writing; include his or her name, address, and telephone number; indicate that the request is being made under the Freedom of Information Act; provide specific information for identifying the records sought; and send the request to the FOIA Officer, Selective Service System, National Headquarters, Arlington, VA 22209-2425.

The Selective Service System maintains a FOIA electronic reading room.


The Selective Service System's quarterly newsletter "The Register" is available online.

Plain Language

The Selective Service System adheres to Federal plain language guidelines. If a document or Web page is poorly written and difficult to understand, contact the agency by email. | Email:


The Selective Service System posts reports, including its "Annual Report to the Congress of the United States," online.


Men, age 18–25, with a valid social security number, may use the online registration form. A fillable registration form that can be returned by mail is also available for immigrant males (documented or undocumented), for men who cannot use the online registration form because of a faulty social security number, and for men without a social security number. | Email:

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