National Security: DOD Should Reevaluate Requirements for the Selective Service System

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of Defense (DOD) has not recently evaluated the necessity of the Selective Service System to meeting DOD’s future manpower requirements for carrying out the defense strategy or reexamined time frames for inducting personnel in the event of a draft. DOD officials told GAO that the Selective Service System provides a low-cost insurance policy in case a draft is ever necessary. The Selective Service System maintains a structure that would help ensure the equity and credibility of a draft. For example, the Selective Service System ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. June 7, 2012.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of Defense (DOD) has not recently evaluated the necessity of the Selective Service System to meeting DOD’s future manpower requirements for carrying out the defense strategy or reexamined time frames for inducting personnel in the event of a draft. DOD officials told GAO that the Selective Service System provides a low-cost insurance policy in case a draft is ever necessary. The Selective Service System maintains a structure that would help ensure the equity and credibility of a draft. For example, the Selective Service System manages the registration of males aged 18 through 25 and maintains no-cost agreements with organizations that would offer alternative service to conscientious objectors. The Selective Service System also has unpaid volunteers who could be activated as soon as a draft is enacted to review claims for deferment. However, DOD has not used the draft since 1973, and because of its reliance and emphasis on the all-volunteer force, DOD has not reevaluated requirements for the Selective Service System since 1994, although significant changes to the national security environment have occurred since that time. Periodically reevaluating an agency’s requirements is critical to helping ensure that resources are appropriately matched to requirements that represent today’s environment. Selective Service System officials expressed concern that, as currently resourced, they cannot meet DOD’s requirements to deliver inductees without jeopardizing the fairness and equity of the draft. However, the lack of an updated requirement from DOD presents challenges to policymakers for determining whether the Selective Service System is properly resourced or necessary."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. National Security: DOD Should Reevaluate Requirements for the Selective Service System, report, June 7, 2012; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc299473/: accessed October 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.