2017-12-07 / Community

Selective Service seeks board members in Schoolcraft

MANISTIQUE – The Selective Service System wants to hear from men and women in Mecosta, Newaygo, Muskegon, Calhoun, Saint Joseph, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Livingston, Schoolcraft, and Shiawassee counties. They are looking for individuals who might be willing to serve as members of local draft boards in their county of residence.

A prospective board member must be citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, registered with the Selective Service (if male), and not be an employee in 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 Selective Service, who acts on behalf of the president in making the appointments.

Each new member receives five hours of initial training after appointment, followed by two hours of annual training for as long as he or she remains in the position. They may serve in board member positions up to a total of 20 years, if desired.

Local board members are uncompensated volunteers who play an important community role closely connected with the nation’s defense. If a military draft becomes necessary, approximately 2,000 Local andAppeal Boards throughout America would decide which young men in each community receive deferments, postponements or exemptions from military service, based on federal guidelines.

For those who meet the standards for Selective Service Board Membership, and wish to be considered for appointment, contact: Major Robert LaPoint: rlapoint@harborps.org or (231) 838-0776.

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