selective service

noun

Definition of selective service 

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

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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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1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of selective service was in 1917

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