I received the letter yesterday.
They’re called Selective Service Local Boards now, but the purpose is the same. Right now the boards are in standby, for obvious reasons. Let’s all pray they remain that way forever.
The appointment had to be vetted through our state’s Democratic governor, and then made by this Republican administration. So I’m feeling a little bipartisan right now.
I should get a weekend’s worth of training in the fall. This will teach me how to apply the rules fairly to draftees in the local area. We are the first line of defense for a young man caught up in the system. If he wants to apply for a hardship deferment, or conscientious objector status, we have to evaluate those claims.
The appointment is for a portion of a large county in Northern Virginia.
These boards have long been filled by volunteers. The only money I’ll ever get from the Selective Service is reimbursement for expenses. But I’ve been looking for some ways, since the end of my Navy enlistment, to continue public service, and this looks like a good place to start.