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 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, "College students panic over FAFSA's fine print about registering for the draft," 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, "U.S. Army Issues Warning About Fake Texts Calling People to Report for a Draft," 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, "Why are FAFSA, WWIII trending on Twitter?," 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, "College students panic over FAFSA's fine print about registering for the draft," 6 Jan. 2020 Ali was on a national college speaking tour to pay the bills after state boxing commissions took away his license following a conviction on violating selective service laws. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "50 years ago today, Muhammad Ali lost to a former nun," 13 Mar. 2018 As the war went on, selective service requirements, deferments and exemptions changed in an effort to make the draft appear more fair. Editors, USA TODAY, "Watch: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick talk Vietnam War draft," 15 Sep. 2017

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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 21 Oct. 2020.

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