Selective Service System of the United States

 

INFORMATION FOR REGISTRANTS BOOKLET

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PURPOSE

 

PART I: General Information

 

1. Selective Service System Responsibilities

 

2. Registrant Obligation

 

3. Examination and Induction Processing

 

4. Postponement of an Armed Forces Examination

 

PART II: Claims and Appeals Processing

 

INTRODUCTION

 

SECTION A: General Claims Information

 

1. Available Postponements

 

2. Available Classifications

 

3. How to File a Claim for Postponement and/or Reclassification

 

4. Effects of Filing a Claim

 

5. Claims Processing

 

6. Physical and Mental Disqualifying Conditions

 

7. Personal Appearances Before the Local Board

 

8. How to Support a Claim

 

SECTION B: Requirements for Postponement and Reclassification

 

POSTPONEMENTS

 

1. Student Postponements

 

2. Emergency Postponements

 

3. Religious Holiday Postponements

 

4. Other Postponements
 

State or National Examination Scheduled


Military Academy Acceptance

 

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Applicant

 

Acceptance for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Program

 

CLASSIFICATIONS

 

1. Members of the Armed Forces of the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or the Public Health Service (Class 1-C)

 

2. Deferment of Certain Members of a Reserve Component or Students Taking Military Training (Class 1-D-D)

 

3. Exemption of Certain Members of a Reserve Component or Student Taking Military Training (Class 1-D-E)

 

4. Conscientious Objectors Available for Noncombatant Military Service Only (Class 1-A-O)

 

5. Conscientious Objectors to All Military Service (Class 1-O)

 

6. Conscientious Objectors to All Military Service (Separated from Military Service) (Class 1-O-S)

 

7. Registrant Deferred Because of Study Preparing for the Ministry (Class 2-D)

 

8. Registrant Deferred Because of Hardship to Dependents (Class 3-A)

 

9. Registrant Deferred Because of Hardship to Dependents (Separated from Military Service) (Class 3-A-S)

 

10. Registrant Who Has Completed Military Service (Class 4-A)

 

11. Registrant Who Has Performed Military Service for a Foreign Nation (Class 4-A-A)

 

12. Official Deferred by Law (Class 4-B)

 

13. Alien or Dual National (Class 4-C)

 

14. Treaty Alien (Class 4-T)

 

15. Minister of Religion (Class 4-D)

 

16. Registrant Exempted from Service Because of the Death of His Parent or Sibling While Serving in the Armed Forces or Whose Parent or Sibling is in a Captured or Missing in Action Status (Class 4-G)

 

17. Registrant Not Acceptable for Military Service (Class 4-F)

 

SECTION C: Appeal Rights

 

SECTION D: Summary

 

SUMMARY GUIDE

 


SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM


INFORMATION FOR REGISTRANTS

 

PURPOSE

 

This booklet furnishes information about Selective Service responsibilities, and registrant rights and obligations. It also explains the induction, claims, and appeals process.

 

PART I: General Information
 

1.  Selective Service System Responsibilities
 

During Periods of Registration Only

During Periods of Induction

2.  Registrant Obligations

 

During Periods of Registration Only

During Periods of Induction, registrants are required to:

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3.  Examination and Induction Processing

 

If inductions are authorized by the President and the Congress, and the Secretary of Defense requests men for the Armed Forces, Selective Service will:

Registrants who are selected for an Armed Forces Examination will be issued orders which will:

If a registrant has an obvious disqualifying physical condition or has a physical or mental disability causing him to be unable to report to the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) as ordered, he should contact his Area Office.

 

NOTE: Except as noted in Part II, Section A, paragraph 3, claims will not be accepted from registrants who have not been found qualified following an Armed Forces Examination. Claims for postponement of induction will not be accepted from registrants who have not been ordered to report for induction.
 

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4.  Postponement of an Armed Forces Examination

 

Claims for postponement of an Armed Forces Examination may be made for the following reasons:

A registrant's reporting date may be postponed if a member of his immediate family dies or is involved in an extreme emergency; or he incurs a temporary disabling illness or injury; or he is involved in an emergency beyond his control.

A registrant's reporting date may be postponed if he is scheduled to report on a religious holiday that he normally observes.

A registrant's reporting date may be postponed if he qualifies and is scheduled for a state or national examination in a profession or occupation which requires licensing or certification before he can practice that profession or occupation.

 

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PART II: Claims and Appeals Processing

 

INTRODUCTION

 

This part is divided into four sections. Section A explains the claims process and lists the available postponements of induction and classifications. Section B contains detailed information about the eligibility and documentation requirements for each. Section C furnishes information concerning registrant appeal rights. Section D summarizes the procedures a person required to be registered is to follow during periods of registration only and during periods of induction.

 

During a period of induction into the Armed Forces, Selective Service will have active Area Offices, Local Boards and Appeal Boards to assist registrants and to receive and process claims. The Area Offices will be staffed with Selective Service employees who will perform the administrative duties of registrant processing. The Local Boards and Appeal Boards will be composed of nonmilitary U.S. citizens appointed by the President to determine a registrant's eligibility for reclassification, based on his claim. Any registrant found qualified for military service following an Armed Forces Examination may file a claim for reclassification within ten days from the date his Notice of Acceptability is mailed.

 

When a registrant's Random Sequence Number is reached, he will be assigned to a Local Board and Area Office serving the area of his residence currently on file with Selective Service at that time. The selected registrant will be mailed an Order to Report for Armed Forces Examination. If he is found acceptable for military service, a Notice of Acceptability, along with a Registrant Claim Form, will be mailed to him which will include instructions on when, how, and where to file a claim for reclassification. A registrant found unacceptable for military service will be administratively reclassified into Class 4-F.

 

Certain claims (1-A-O, 1-O, 2-D, 3-A, and 4-D) must be decided initially by the Local Board. All others will be administratively granted or denied by Selective Service Area Office personnel.

 

SECTION A: General Claims Information

 

Claims for postponement or reclassification may be filed for the reasons shown in Items 1 and 2 of this Section. The eligibility and documentation requirements for each of these postponements and classifications are described in detail under Section B.

 

1.  Available Postponements

 

The postponements shown below may be granted to delay the induction reporting date of registrants who meet the eligibility requirements prescribed in Section B.

Postponement of a registrant's Order to Report for Induction may be granted to a registrant who has been issued an Order to Report for Induction and who is in one of the following categories at the time his order is issued:

The following time limits apply to student postponements:

          -- The day the registrant graduates; or,

          -- The day on which the registrant attains age 20, unless he attains age 20 in his last academic year, in
             which case the postponement shall not extend past the last day of the academic year.

-- The last day on which the registrant is satisfactorily pursuing a full-time course of instruction; or,

 

-- The last day of the school's academic term or semester in which the registrant was enrolled at the time his induction order was issued; whichever occurs first.

-- The last day on which the registrant is satisfactorily pursuing a full-time course of instruction; or,

 

-- The last day of the academic year of the course of instruction the registrant is pursuing, whichever occurs first.

A registrant's reporting date may be postponed if a member of his immediate family dies or is involved in an extreme emergency; or he incurs a temporary disabling illness or injury; or he is involved in an emergency beyond his control.

A registrant's reporting date may be postponed if he is scheduled to report on a religious holiday that he normally observes.

A registrant's reporting date may be postponed if:

The decision of the Area Office on all postponements except a Student Postponement is final and may not be appealed. The denial of a Student Postponement by an Area Office may be appealed to the Local Board.

 

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2.  Available Classifications

 

The following classifications are available to registrants who meet the eligibility requirements prescribed in Section B of this Part. Registrants who have been found qualified for military service have been classified into Class 1-A. The reclassification of a registrant out of 1-A into a class other than Class 1-A-O stops further induction processing. At the expiration of a registrant's reclassification, he will be given the opportunity to reapply for the classification if he feels he is still eligible. If it is determined that he no longer meets the criteria to remain in that class he will be placed into Class 1-A and ordered to report for induction if he is still liable for military service.

 

There are three classes of conscientious objectors: Class 1-A-O, Class 1-O, and Class 1-O-S. Class 1-O applies to a registrant who is conscientiously opposed to participation in war in any form. A registrant who is granted the 1-O classification will not serve in the military but will be required to perform civilian alternative service work in lieu of induction. Class 1-O-S applies to a registrant who is separated/discharged from military service as a conscientious objector opposed to participation in war in any form. A registrant in Class 1-O-S will be assigned to civilian alternative service to fulfill the remainder of his obligation under the Military Selective Service Act. Class 1-A-O applies to a registrant who is conscientiously opposed only to participation in combatant training and service in the Armed Forces. A registrant granted Class 1-A-O will be required to enter military service, but will not be required to participate in combatant training or service. These classes are discussed individually in Section B of this booklet.

 

Classifications shall be considered in the reverse order of the listing below with Administrative Classes considered first. Classes 1-A, 1-W, 1-H and 4-F are granted automatically, when eligible, without filing a claim. After induction into the Armed Forces, registrants are automatically classified Class 1-C.

 

Class 1-A: Available for unrestricted military service

 

Class 1-A-O: Conscientious objector available for noncombatant military service only

 

Class 1-O: Conscientious objector to all military service

 

Class 1-O-S: Conscientious objector to all military service (separated/discharged from military service)

 

Class 2-D: Registrants deferred because of study preparing for the ministry

 

Class 3-A: Registrants deferred because of hardship to dependents

 

Class 3-A-S: Registrants deferred because of hardship to dependents (separated/discharged from military service)

 

Class 4-D: Minister of religion

 

Class 1-D-D: Deferment for certain members of a reserve component or student taking military training

 

Class 4-B: Official deferred by law

 

Class 4-C: Alien or dual national

 

Class 4-G: Registrants exempted from service because of the death of his parent or sibling while serving in the Armed Forces or whose parent or sibling is in a captured or missing in action status

 

Class 4-A: Registrants who have completed military service

 

Class 4-A-A: Registrants who have performed military service for a foreign nation

 

Class 4-W: Registrants who have completed alternative service in lieu of induction

 

Class 1-D-E: Exemption of certain members of a reserve component or student taking military training

 

Class 1-C: Members of the Armed Forces of the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or the Public Health Service

 

Class 1-W: Conscientious objector ordered to perform alternative service in lieu of induction

 

Class 4-T: Treaty alien

 

Class 4-F: Registrants not acceptable for military service

 

Class 1-H: Registrants not subject to processing for induction

 

WARNING: If a registrant knowingly submits incorrect or false information on a claim, he may be found in violation of law and, if convicted, he may be imprisoned for not more than 5 years, fined not more than $250,000, or both.

 

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3.  How to File a Claim for Postponement and/or Reclassification

 

Before a registrant files a claim, he should read this booklet carefully to determine whether he is eligible to have his reporting date postponed or he meets the requirements for a deferment or exemption from service (a reclassification). Then, if he does not already have a Selective Service Registrant Claim Form (SSS Form 8), he should pick up one from a Selective Service Area Office, U.S. Post Office, U.S. Embassy, or a U.S. Consulate. This booklet and the claim form will describe what he should do to file and support his claim. If a registrant has questions regarding the claim form or about information in this booklet, he should contact his Selective Service Area Office.

 

A registrant may submit his claim for reclassification within ten days after he has been sent a Notice of Acceptability advising him that he has been found fully qualified for military service at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). The claim must be in writing, dated and must include a request for all types of classifications for which he believes he is eligible.

 

An exception to this policy is made for registrants claiming reclassification as a Conscientious Objector only. Registrants in this category will be given the option to waive their physical evaluation and have their claim heard before the Local Board. Registrants wishing to avail themselves of this option should contact their Area Office for a complete explanation of the waiver process.

 

Should an emergency occur on the scheduled day of induction, such as the death or serious injury of an immediate family member, a claim may be filed on the day the registrant is scheduled to report for induction.

 

To file a claim, a registrant should complete the SSS Form 8 and check all the boxes on the form that apply to each type of classification he is requesting.

 

The registrant should then begin to collect the documents needed to support his claim. Section B of this booklet identifies the documents or information required to support each classification or specific type of postponement. The registrant should not mail or bring any of the supporting documents to Selective Service with the SSS Form 8. He should furnish the documents when Selective Service asks for them, usually upon receipt of a Claim Documentation Form from his Area Office.

 

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4.  Effects of Filing a Claim

 

When a registrant files a timely claim for reclassification, his induction date is delayed until his claim is decided. Selective Service will acknowledge receipt of his claim, and the claim will be decided by the Local Board, subject to appeal. Claims that do not require a Local Board decision will be administratively granted or denied by Area Office personnel. If the reason for the claim ceases to exist prior to a decision being made on the claim, the registrant must immediately notify the Area Office.

 

Claims for postponement of induction will not be accepted from registrants not under an Order to Report for Induction. Available postponements are listed in Part II, Section A, paragraph 1.

 

Warning: A registrant who fails to report for induction as ordered, and who has not filed a claim for reclassification or postponement of induction, will be processed as a possible violator. Violation of the Military Selective Service Act, if a person is convicted, is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years, a fine of not more than $250,000, or both.

 

5.  Claims Processing

 

Upon receipt of a Registrant Claim Form (SSS Form 8), the Selective Service Area Office will provide the registrant with a Claim Documentation Form, applicable to each type of postponement or reclassification he has requested, for his use in documenting his claim(s). The registrant should complete the Claim Documentation forms, attach the requested documents or written statements to support his claim, and return the form with the attachments to the Area Office on or before the return date shown of the form.

 

If his claim requires Local Board consideration and the registrant wants to appear before the board when it considers his claim, he should mark the personal appearance box on the Claim Documentation Form. A registrant requesting reclassification into Classes 1-A-O and 1-O must appear personally before the board. The completed form should be mailed or taken to the Selective Service Area Office shown on the Claim Documentation Form.

 

Selective Service will notify a registrant who must appear before the Local Board, or who has asked to appear before the Local Board, of the date, time, and place he is scheduled to appear. (See Item 7 of this Section, Personal Appearances Before the Local Board). Selective Service will also ask the registrant for more information when it is needed, and provide instructions for any other actions the registrant should take.

 

Certain claims for reclassification (administrative classifications) will be decided by Area Office personnel. These Classes are: 1-C, 1-D-D, 1-D-E, 1-O-S, 3-A-S, 4-A, 4-A-A, 4-B, 4-C, 4-G, and 4-T. Any claim for student postponement or a reclassification denied by Area Office personnel may be reviewed and decided by the Local Board when the registrant requests such a review.

 

Claims for Classes, 1-A-O, 1-O, 2-D, 3-A, or 4-D (judgmental classifications) must be decided by the Local Board, subject to appeal.

 

After claims are decided, registrants will be notified, in writing, of the decision. Should a claim be denied, the notice will include the reasons for the denial and inform the registrant whether he has the right to appeal the decision. If the registrant has no right of appeal, or has the right but does not appeal, he will be issued an Order to Report for Induction when his RSN is reached.

 

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6.  Physical and Mental Disqualifying Conditions

 

A registrant who is unable to report to the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) because he has a disabling physical or mental condition, or whose obviously disqualifying condition has been verified by a physician, must provide the Area Office with a physician's statement describing the disabling condition.

 

Upon receipt of a physician's statement verifying a registrant's physical or mental condition, the Area Office will forward the statement to the MEPS for evaluation. All determinations of acceptability for military service must be made by a MEPS. If the MEPS determines that the registrant is not qualified for military service based upon the written statement, the registrant will be reclassified into Class 4-F and notified in writing of the reclassification. Should the MEPS not be able to make a determination without the registrant appearing in person, the registrant will be rescheduled to report to a MEPS.

 

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7.  Personal Appearances Before the Local Board

 

Every registrant who files a claim for conscientious objector status (Classes 1-A-O, or 1-O) must appear before a Local Board. If the registrant fails to appear, the board cannot consider his conscientious objector claim and his claim will be considered abandoned. A registrant who has been separated from the military service as a conscientious objector (Class 1-O-S) does not have to appear before the board.

 

A registrant who files a claim for Class 2-D, 3-A, or 4-D may ask to appear before the board to discuss his claim. The request must be made in writing, signed, and dated. There is space on the Claim Documentation Form to request a personal appearance. A registrant may also ask to appear before his Local Board if he has requested the Local Board to review a claim for student postponement or reclassification that was denied by the Area Office.

 

When a personal appearance has been scheduled, the registrant is expected to appear and present proof of his claim. Should he have an emergency that prevents him from appearing at the scheduled time, his appearance may be rescheduled if he reports the emergency to the Area Office within five days after he failed to appear. No other person may appear in the registrant's place or present his case for him.

 

At his personal appearance, the registrant may present up to three witnesses, use an interpreter, at his own expense, if one is required, and submit any additional written or oral information to support his claim. A registrant may not be represented at his personal appearance by anyone acting as an attorney or legal counsel. He may, however, bring any person he would like to advise him. The advisor will not be permitted to participate in the hearing and may be asked to leave if his presence becomes disruptive. Only the registrant and his witnesses may talk to the Local Board.

 

Except for claims for Classes 1-A-O and 1-O, when a registrant fails to appear for his requested appearance, the Local Board will decide the claim based on information already furnished.

 

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8.  How to Support a Claim

 

A registrant must submit documents and statements to support a claim. The type of documentation needed for each type of claim is discussed in Section B of this booklet. Upon receipt of a registrant's claim, the Area Office will provide the registrant with the specific Claim Documentation Form that pertains to each of his claims. The registrant should complete the form, attach the requested information, and return it to the Area Office by the date shown on the form. If the registrant must appear, or if he asks to appear before the Local Board, he will be given the opportunity to explain why he should be reclassified. When he appears, he may furnish additional written information and present witnesses to support his claim.

 

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SECTION B: Requirements for Postponement and Reclassification

 

POSTPONEMENTS

 

1.  Student Postponements

A registrant's induction date may be postponed if he is enrolled as a full-time college student and his academic performance is satisfactory. The postponement of a registrant who is not in his senior year will last only until the end of the semester or term in which he is enrolled at the time his induction order is issued. If he is in his senior year, his postponement will last until the end of the academic year or until he graduates, whichever occurs sooner. When the postponement ends, he will receive a new induction reporting date.

 

To verify his student status, a registrant must furnish a Student Certificate (SSS Form 109) or a statement signed by a school official who is authorized to issue such a statement. It must state that the registrant is enrolled as a full-time student and include his year of study, the beginning and ending date of the term/semester or academic year, his graduation date if this is his senior year, and certify that he is doing satisfactory work. The document should not be sent to the Area Office until Selective Service requests it.

A registrant's induction may be postponed so long as he is doing satisfactory work as a full-time student in a high school, or other secondary school, and he is not 20 years old. If he is 20 years old at the time the Order to Report for Induction is issued, he must be in his last academic year to obtain a postponement.

 

To verify his student status, the registrant must furnish a Student Certificate (SSS Form 109) or a statement signed by a school official who is authorized to issue the statement. It must state that he is enrolled as a full-time student and include his year of study, his expected graduation date, and certify that he is doing satisfactory work. The document should not be sent to the Area Office until Selective Service requests it.

 

2.  Emergency Postponements

 

A registrant may be granted an emergency postponement of his induction date of up to 60 days if a member of his immediate family dies or is involved in an extreme emergency and the registrant's presence is required during the emergency, or if the registrant incurs a temporary disabling injury or illness, or is involved in an emergency beyond his control. To qualify for an emergency postponement, the registrant must furnish the following documents to support his claim:

The documentation should not be sent to the Area Office until Selective Service requests it.

 

3.  Religious Holiday Postponements

 

A registrant's reporting date may be postponed if he has been ordered to be examined or inducted on a religious holiday historically observed by his church, religious sect, or organization. The registrant must contact the Selective Service Area Office shown on his order, prior to the holiday, for further instructions.

 

4.  Other Postponements

 

A registrants induction may be postponed for any of the following reasons if he furnishes appropriate documents to support the type of postponement requested. The documentation required is identified with each type of postponement, but should not be sent to the Area Office until Selective Service requests it.

When a registrant is scheduled for a state or national examination in a profession or occupation that requires licensing or certification before he can practice that profession or occupation, he must furnish a written statement of verification signed by an authorized official of the agency responsible for administering the examination and furnish the date it will take place.

When a registrant has been accepted to enter the next beginning class as a cadet or midshipman at one of the U.S. military academics, he must submit a written statement signed by an authorized commissioned officer of the academy, verifying the registrant's acceptance at the academy and stating the date the registrant is to report.

When a registrant is an ROTC applicant designated to participate in the next following ROTC field training program prior to enrollment in the ROTC, he must furnish a written statement signed by an authorized commissioned officer of the ROTC staff of the college or university where he is to be enrolled. The statement must verify the registrant's designation for participation in the next beginning field training program and include the dates the program begins and ends.

When a registrant has been accepted as a scholarship student in the next beginning ROTC program at a college or university, he must furnish a written statement signed by an authorized commissioned officer of the ROTC staff of the college or university where he is to be enrolled. The statement must verify that an ROTC scholarship has been granted to the registrant effective at the beginning of the next academic term and include the date the term will begin.

 

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CLASSIFICATIONS

 

If a registrant believes he is eligible for reclassification under any of the conditions listed below, he should check every box on the Registrant Claim Form (SSS Form 8) that applies to him before sending the SSS Form 8 to his Area Office. The Claim Documentation Form(s) he subsequently receives from his Area Office will assist him in documenting his claim.

 

1.  Members of the Armed Forces of the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or the Public Health Service (Class 1-C)

 

To qualify for Class 1-C, a registrant must be:

Documentation Required

 

To support a claim for Class 1-C, a registrant must present the following documents or other official verification from his branch of service:

2.  Deferment of certain members of a reserve component or students taking military training (Class 1-D-D)

 

In order to qualify for Class 1-D-D, a registrant must be:

Documentation Required

 

To support a claim for Class 1-D-D, a registrant must present the following documents:

3.  Exemption of certain members of a reserve component or student taking military training (Class 1-D-E)

 

In order to qualify for Class 1-D-E, a registrant must:

Documentation Required

 

To support a claim for Class 1-D-E, a registrant must present the following documents:

4.  Conscientious Objectors available for noncombatant military service only (Class 1-A-O)

 

To qualify for Class 1-A-O:

 

A registrant must establish, to the satisfaction of the Board, that his request for exemption from combatant military training and service in the Armed Forces is based upon his moral, ethical or religious beliefs, or a combination of such beliefs, which play a significant role in his life; that he is sincere in his claimed beliefs, and that his objection to participation in war is not confined to a particular war.

 

Required Service

 

If the claim for Class 1-A-O is granted, the registrant will be exempt from combatant military training and service only. This means that he will be inducted into military service and assigned noncombatant duties.

 

Documentation Required

 

A registrant claiming Class 1-A-O must establish to the satisfaction of the board that his request for exemption from combatant military training and service in the Armed Forces is based upon his conscientious objection to participation in war in any form, and that he is sincere in his claimed beliefs.

 

He must establish that by reason of moral, ethical or religious beliefs, he is conscientiously opposed to his participation in combatant training and service. Such beliefs do not include views that are essentially political, sociological or philosophical in nature, or those which rest solely on his on self-interest or well-being.

 

If a registrant believes he can qualify for Class 1-A-O, he should complete the Claim documentation Form - Conscientious Objector (SSS Form 22) provided by his Area Office and return the form to the Area Office with documents and written statements to support his claim. In addition to providing the written information, the registrant must appear before his Local Board. At his personal appearance, the registrant may present additional documents and written statements.

 

The board will consider relevant written information submitted by the registrant, information submitted by third parties in support of his claim, and oral testimony of the registrant (and witnesses, where applicable) at his personal appearance. He must explain fully to the board how his conscience reacts to training in the use of guns and other weapons designed for combatant military use. He may present witnesses who are aware of his conscientious and sincere opposition to participation in war. If his opposition is based on religious training, he must explain fully the nature of the religious teachings. He may want to bring as a witness his minister or some other church official who is knowledgeable of the teachings of his church or present written statements from these persons.

 

If his opposition is based on ethical or moral beliefs, he must be ready to discuss these beliefs, where and how he obtained them and what effect they have had on him. He may want to bring witnesses who know of these beliefs and of the effect they have had on him, or present written statements from these persons.

 

He may present witnesses or written statements from persons who can attest to his sincerity.

 

5.  Conscientious Objectors opposed to all military service (Class 1-O)

 

In order to qualify as a conscientious objector opposed to all military training and service:

 

A registrant must establish to the satisfaction of the board that his request for exemption from combatant and noncombatant military training and service in the Armed Forces is based upon his moral, ethical or religious beliefs, or a combination of such beliefs, which play a significant role in his life; that he is sincere in his claimed beliefs, and that his objection to participation in war is not confined to a particular war.

 

Required Service

 

If the claim for Class 1-O is granted, the registrant will be exempt from all military training and service, he will be assigned to alternative service and will serve his obligation in a civilian job that is in the national health, safety, or interest, as defined by the Director of Selective Service.

 

Documentation Required

 

To support a claim for Class 1-O, a registrant must establish to the satisfaction of the board that his request for exemption from both combatant and noncombatant military training and service in the Armed Forces is based upon his conscientious objection to participation in war in any form, and that he is sincere in his claimed beliefs.

 

He must establish that by reason of moral, ethical or religious beliefs, he is conscientiously opposed to his participation in both combatant and noncombatant training and service. Such beliefs do not include views that are essentially political, sociological or philosophical in nature, or those which rest solely on his own self-interest or well-being.

 

If a registrant believes he can qualify for Class 1-O, he should complete the Claim Documentation Form - Conscientious Objector (SSS Form 22) provided by his Area Office and return the form to the Area Office with documents and written statements to support his claim. In addition to providing the written information, the registrant must appear before his Local Board. At his personal appearance, the registrant may present additional documents and written statements.

 

The board will consider relevant written information submitted by the registrant, information submitted by third parties in support of his claim, and oral testimony of the registrant (and his witnesses, where applicable) at his personal appearance. He must explain fully to the board how his conscience reacts to training in the use of guns and other weapons designed for combatant military use. He may present witnesses who are aware of his conscientious and sincere opposition to participation in war. If his opposition is based on religious training, he must explain fully the nature of the religious training and its effect on him. He may want to present a copy of these religious teachings. He may want to bring as a witness, his minister or some other church official who is knowledgeable of the teachings of his church or present written statements from these persons.

 

If his opposition is based on ethical or moral beliefs, he must be ready to discuss these beliefs, where and how he obtained them and what effect they have had on him. He may want to bring witnesses who know of these beliefs and of the effect they have had on him, or present written statements from these persons.

 

He may present witnesses or written statements from persons who can attest to his sincerity.

 

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6.  Conscientious Objectors to all military service (separated from military service) (Class 1-O-S)

 

To qualify for Class 1-O-S


To qualify for Class 1-O-S, a registrant must have been separated from the Armed Forces (including their reserve components) because of his conscientious objection to participation in both combatant and noncombatant training and service, and his period of military service is not sufficient to qualify him for Class 4-A (Completed Service).

 

Required Service

 

A Class 1-O-S registrant will be assigned to alternative service to fulfill the remainder of his obligation under the Military Selective Service Act (MSSA). He will be retained in Class 1-O-S until he has been ordered to perform alternative service, at which time he will be automatically reclassified 1-W.

 

Documentation Required

 

When a registrant's claim is based on his separation from military service because of his conscientious objection, he is not required to appear before the Local Board or furnish the information described under Class 1-O or 1-A-O. He is, however, required to furnish a copy of his Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214) or other written document from his branch of military service or reserve component showing that he was separated because of his conscientious objection.

 

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7.  Registrant deferred because of study preparing for the ministry (Class 2-D)

 

To qualify for Class 2-D
 

To qualify for Class 2-D as a ministerial student, a registrant must be a satisfactory full-time student who is preparing for entry into service as a regular or duly ordained minister of religion under the direction of a recognized church or religious organization in one of the following ways:

Documentation Required

 

The Claim Documentation Form - Divinity Student (SSS Form 23), which the Area Office will furnish, provides a part to be completed by the appropriate official of the registrant's college and/or theological or divinity school. Also, the registrant will need to furnish a signed statement from an official of his church or religious organization, certifying that the church or religious organization is recognized and the registrant is preparing for the ministry under its direction.

 

8. Registrant deferred because of hardship to dependents (Class 3-A)

 

To qualify for Class 3-A


To qualify for Class 3-A, a registrant must demonstrate to the satisfaction of his Local Board that his induction will result in a hardship to his dependent(s). His support may be financial aid, personal care and companionship, or a combination of these.

Documentation Required

 

The Claim Documentation Form - Divinity Student (SSS Form 23), which the Area Office will furnish must be completed and the registrant must furnish written statements and documents that fully and clearly demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Local Board that he is eligible for this class. The documentation must establish:

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9.  Registrant deferred because of hardship to dependents (separated from military service) (Class 3-A-S)

 

To qualify for Class 3-A-S

 

Class 3-A-S applies to a registrant who has been separated from active military service for reason of dependency or hardship to dependents and whose period of military service does not qualify him for Class 4-A (completed service). A registrant can be classified 3-A-S for no longer than six months, after which he may file a claim for Class 3-A, if the hardship continues to exist.

 

Documentation Required

 

In support of a claim for class 3-A-S, a registrant will be required to furnish a copy of his Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214) or other written document from his branch of military service or reserve component showing that he was separated because of hardship to his dependents.

 

10. Registrant who has completed military service (Class 4-A)

 

A registrant may qualify for Class 4-A if he has served honorably on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, as a commissioned Officer of the Public Health Service or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or in a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces.

 

To be eligible for Class 4-A, a registrant must:

Documentation Required

 

To be eligible for Class 4-A, a registrant must present a copy of his Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214); or a copy of his Statement of Service - Verification of Status of Commissioned Officer of the United States Public Health Service (PHS Form 1867) or Report of Transfer or Discharge (NOAA Form 5616).

 

NOTE:  A registrant who qualifies for this classification may be inducted into the Armed Forces during a period of war or national emergency declared by Congress.

 

11.  Registrant who has performed military service for a foreign nation (Class 4-A-A)

 

To qualify for Class 4-A-A

 

To qualify for Class 4-A-A, a registrant must, while an alien, have served on active duty for 12 months or more in the Armed Forces of one of the following countries:

 

Argentina                Greece                  Panama

Australia                 Guatemala             Paraguay

Belgium                  Haiti                      Peru

Bolivia                    Honduras              Philippines

Brazil                      Iceland                  Portugal

Canada                  Italy                       Taiwan

Chile                      Japan (service prior to 1/1/80)

Colombia               Rep. Of South Korea

Costa Rica             Luxembourg           Thailand

Denmark                Mexico                  Trinidad

Dominican Rep      Netherlands           Tobago

Ecuador                 New Zealand        Turkey

El Salvador            Nicaragua              United Kingdom

France                   Norway                 Uruguay

Fed. Rep.              Pakistan                 Venezuela
Of Germany

 

Documentation Required

 

The registrant who claims Class 4-A-A must furnish a statement or certificate, written in English, from the diplomatic agency of the country in whose Armed Force he served for twelve or more months. The statement or certificate must verify the length of his service in that Armed Force and his citizenship at that time.

 

12. Official deferred by law (Class 4-B)

 

In order to qualify for Class 4-B, a registrant must be:

Documentation Required

 

To document his status as an elected official or judge, the registrant must submit a copy of the election or appointment certificate.

 

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13.  Alien or dual national (Class 4-C)

To qualify for Class 4-C as a dual national, a registrant must be a national of the United States and a national of one of the following countries:

 

Australia                          Guyana                          Pakistan

Austria                            India                               Papua New Guinea

Bahamas                         Indonesia                        Saint Lucia

Barbados                        Jamaica                          Seychelles

Belgium                           Kenya                            Sierra Leon

Botswana                        Kiribati                           Singapore

Brazil                               Lesotho                          Solomon Islands

Burma                             Malawi                            South Africa

Colombia                        Malaysia                          Sri Lanka

Cuba                               Malta                              Surinam

Curacao                          Mauritania                       Swaziland

Cyprus                            Mauritius                         Sweden

El Salvador                     Nauru                              Switzerland

Fiji                                  Netherlands                     Tonga

Finland                            Niger                              Trinidad & Tobago

Gambia                           Nigeria                            Tuvalu

Ghana                             Norfolk Islands                United Kingdom

Grenada                          Norway                          Zambia

 

Documentation Required

 

To document his status as a dual national, the registrant must provide the information requested by the Selective Service Area Office and furnish a Consular certificate, written in English, verifying his nationality in one of the countries listed above.

To qualify for Class 4-C as an alien, a registrant must be one of the following:

14.  Treaty alien (Class 4-T)

 

To qualify for Class 4-T

 

To qualify for Class 4-T, a registrant must be an alien who is a national of one of the following countries:

 

Argentina                  Ireland               Paraguay

Austria                      Italy                   Spain

Costa Rica                Latvia                Switzerland

Estonia                      Liberia              Taiwan

Honduras                  Norway             Yugoslavia

 

He must make application for relief from military training and service in the Armed Forces of the United States. If this claim is granted, the registrant will be exempt from military training and service in the Armed Forces of the United States. However, he will be henceforth barred from United States citizenship after being classified as a treaty alien.

 

Documentation Required

 

To support a claim for Class 4-T, the registrant must submit a certificate from the diplomatic agency of the country of which he is a national, written in English, verifying his status, and furnish a completed Request for Relief from Training and Service in the Armed Forces of the United States (SSS Form 130). The SSS Form 130 will be mailed to the registrant by the Selective Service Area Office when the claim is received.

 

15. Minister of religion (Class 4-D)

 

To qualify for Class 4-D

 

In order for a registrant to be granted a ministerial exemption, Class 4-D, he must establish to the satisfaction of the board that the following conditions exist:

Documentation Required

 

The Claim Documentation Form - Minister of Religion (SSS Form 25), which the Area Office will furnish a registrant claiming Class 4-D, must be completed together with documents and written statements from appropriate church officials. He may also furnish oral information and present witnesses at his personal appearance, if he appears before the board.

 

His documentation must establish to the satisfaction of the Local Board that:

A registrant who claims to be a duly ordained minister of religion must also submit a Certificate of Ordination or other document to prove his ordination was in accordance with the ceremonial ritual of his church, sect, or religious organization.

 

16.  Registrant exempted from service because of the death of his parent or sibling while serving in the Armed Forces or whose parent or sibling is in a captured or missing in action status (Class 4-G)

 

To be eligible for Class 4-G, a registrant must be:

NOTE: This classification is not available during periods of war or a National Emergency.

 

Documentation Required

 

To show he is qualified for Class 4-G, a registrant must furnish a DD Form 1300 (Report or Casualty) or certification from the Veterans Administration, which establishes that the claimed relative is deceased, captured, or missing in action. The DD Form 1300 may be obtained from the next of kin or the Casualty Reporting Office of the relative's branch of service. Kinship may be documented by providing a copy of the registrant's birth certificate, a written statement from a member of the clergy or a responsible local official who has personal knowledge of the family relationship.

 

17.  Registrant not acceptable for military service (Class 4-F)

 

To be eligible for Class 4-F

 

To be eligible for Class 4-F, a registrant must have been found not qualified for service in the Armed Forces by a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) under the established physical, mental, or moral standards.

 

When the MEPS determines that a registrant is not qualified, the MEPS will report this decision to the Selective Service System. Selective Service will reclassify the registrant into Class 4-F and notify the registrant of the reclassification.

 

A MEPS may find a registrant not qualified for military service after:

Documentation Required

 

Selective Service will receive notification from the MEPS when the registrant is found not qualified, either as a result of an Armed Forces examination or a Apapers only@ review.

 

If a registrant has a disabling physical or mental condition which prohibits him from reporting to the MEPS, or has an obvious disqualifying condition, he should furnish the Area Office a physician's statement verifying that fact for a Apapers only@ review by the MEPS.

 

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SECTION C: Appeal Rights

 

After a registrant's claim is decided by Area Office personnel or a board, the registrant will be notified in writing of the decision. Should a claim for student postponement or reclassification be denied, the notice will give the reason for denial and inform the registrant if he has the right to appeal the decision. The notice will include specific instructions for filing an appeal. The registrant should contact his Area Office for any additional information to assist in filing an appeal.

 

If the registrant has no right of appeal, or he has the right but does not appeal, he will be issued an Order to Report for Induction when his Random Sequence Number is reached. A registrant will not be scheduled for induction during any period afforded him to file an appeal or during any period his appeal is being processed.

 

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SECTION D: Summary

 

This Section provides a brief outline summarizing the procedures contained in the text as a guide to persons who are required by law to be registered, and to registrants who have been ordered for examination or induction. (See next page for the guide).

 

SUMMARY GUIDE

1. Register for Selective Service on the Internet, or at any Post Office, American Embassy, or U.S. Consulate.

 

2. Keep the registration acknowledgment you receive from Selective Service.

 

3. Report any changes in registration information as they occur (i.e., legal name, or current mailing address).

 

4. If you have any questions regarding your registration record, you may call the Registrant Information Office at 1-847-688-6888, or 1-888-655-1825 Toll Free, or contact us on the Web at www.sss.gov.

1. Report for an Armed Forces Examination as ordered.

 

2. If you are found qualified for military service and believe you qualify for one of the postponements, exemptions or deferments described in this booklet, file a claim for reclassification or postponement of induction with your Area Office within ten days from the date your Notice of Acceptability is mailed to you. (A claim will not be accepted by Selective Service before your acceptability is determined. NOTE: If you are a Conscientious Objector claiming Class 1-O and no other classification, you may request a waiver of your Armed Forces Examination until your claim is heard.) To file claims, follow the steps below.

 

THIS BOOKLET CONTAINS DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS

 

National Headquarters
Selective Service System
Arlington, VA 22209

February 2000

 

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