HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - The Selective Service System wants to hear from men and women who might be willing to serve as members of local Selective Service boards.

Local board members are uncompensated volunteers closely connected with the nation’s defense.

If a military draft becomes necessary, approximately 2,000 local and appeal boards throughout America would decide which young men in each community receive deferments, postponements or exemptions from military service, based on federal guidelines.

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A position is open for residents of Hunterdon County. Prospective board members must be U.S. citizens, at least 18, registered with Selective Service (if men), not be an employee of 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 the Selective Service, who acts on behalf of the president in making the appointments.

New members receive five hours of initial training after appointment, followed by two hours of annual training for as long as they remain in the position.

They may serve in board member positions up to a total of 20 years, if desired.

Prospective appointees should visit www.sss.gov/volunteers to learn more and to request an application.