selective service


Definition of selective service

: a system under which men are called up for military service : draft

Examples of selective service in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The change in selective service is tucked into the National Defense Authorization Act making its way through the Senate. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Aug. 2021 It is considered must-pass legislation, and it is expected that the new selective service requirement for women will remain in place, according to the aide. Trish Turner, ABC News, 23 July 2021 Older Americans remember one of the country’s previous uses of lotteries as public policy, selective service, to choose which young people would kill and die in Vietnam. Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2021 Fresh from the frozen midwest, 269 men stepped from a special Santa Fe train yesterday into the bright California sunshine — the first contingent of trainees under the selective service act to arrive at Camp Callan on Torrey Pines Mesa. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Mar. 2021 Hundreds of Twitter users posted messages and memes insinuating that the draft, or selective service, will be put into place within the next few months. Li Cohen, CBS News, 6 Jan. 2020 However, men ages 18-25 are required to register for selective service in the event that a draft were to be reinstated. Josiah Bates, Time, 10 Jan. 2020 In the end, men between the age of 18-25 should already be registered for selective service, and the FAFSA application is just making sure of that or giving the participant an opportunity to do so. Lily Jackson |, al, 3 Jan. 2020 Here's how the draft actually works, and the role FAFSA plays in signing up for selective service. Li Cohen, CBS News, 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of selective service

1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Selective service.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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