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About Selective Service

About the Agency

The Selective Service System is an independent agency within the Executive Branch of the U.S. Federal Government. The Director of Selective Service is appointed by the President of the United States. Selective Service is not part of the Department of Defense.

Our Vision

We are a trusted, actively engaged National Defense partner, and the sole source of conscripted talent for national security in the event of a national emergency.

Our Mission

To register men and maintain a system that, when authorized by the President and Congress, rapidly provides personnel in a fair and equitable manner while managing an alternative service program for conscientious objectors.

Quick Figures

Registration Compliance (CY 2019)

Men, 18 through 25 years old, who have registered: 92 percent. Number of names and addresses on file for men, 18 through 25 years old: Nearly 17 million.

Agency Budget (FY 2021)                                 

$26,000,000 enacted

Statutory Authority

The legislation under which this agency operates is the Military Selective Service Act, 50 U.S.C. 3801 et seq. (formerly 50 U.S.C. App 451 et seq.). “The Selective Service system shall be maintained as an active standby organization… .”

See the Military Selective Service Act


Acting Director
Joel C. Spangenberg

Mr. Joel C. Spangenberg, an appointee of the Biden-Harris Administration and member of the Senior Executive Service, became Deputy Director of the Selective Service System in August 2022. As an agency executive, he will serve in the capacity as acting Director, overseeing National Headquarters staff, the Data Management Center, and three regional headquarters throughout the United States consisting of civil servants, reservists from six services, and over 10,000 volunteers.

Previously, he served in senior career roles as the first Executive Director of Operations at the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, Deputy Associate Administrator for External Affairs at the National Nuclear Security Administration, and Associate Director of Governmental Affairs at Naval Reactors

See Full Bio

Past Directors

National Headquarters

Deputy Director
Craig T. Brown, Acting

Chief of Staff
Saif M. Kahn

General Counsel
Rudy G. Sanchez

Associate Director, Operations
Thomas J. Kenney, Acting

Associate Director, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
Micheal A. Migliara

Associate Director, Information Technology & Chief Information Officer
Scott W. Jones

Associate Director, Support Services / Chief Financial Officer
Alexander Rud

Manager, Data Management Center
Nicole F. Harris


Region I
Thomas J. Kenney

Region II
Carlos M. Perez

Region III
Steven L. Kett

Agency Structure

The Selective Service System’s structure consists of the National Headquarters, Data Management Center, and three Region Headquarters, with 124 full-time employees authorized.

Also part of Selective Service is a field structure of military Reservists and civilian volunteer board members. Each state, the four U.S. territories (Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands), District of Columbia, and New York City also have a state director. Selective Service’s Reservists, board members, and state directors are the agency’s standby components. They serve part-time for the agency, remaining trained and ready to be called into service in the event of a draft.


Agency Structure Return to the Draft

Selective Service System regional map