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selective service

n.
A system for calling up people for compulsory military service.

selective service

n
(Military) US (formerly) compulsory military service under which men were conscripted selectively

selec′tive serv′ice


n.
compulsory military service.
[1919]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Selective Service - an independent federal agency that administers compulsory military service
independent agency - an agency of the United States government that is created by an act of Congress and is independent of the executive departments
2.selective service - compulsory military serviceselective service - compulsory military service    
militarisation, militarization, mobilization, mobilisation - act of assembling and putting into readiness for war or other emergency: "mobilization of the troops"
levy en masse, levy - the act of drafting into military service
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
Translations

selective service

n (US) → Wehrdienst m
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Discretion is necessary, the report emphasized, because "overtures from Selective Service to the medical community will be seen as precursors to a draft.
Recent solicitations for citizens to serve on local draft boards are not, the Selective Service says, a sign that a draft is in the works.
Draft watchers began circulating alarming e-mails on the Internet noting that the Selective Service System had recently received $28 million "to prepare for a military draft that could start as early as June 15, 2005.
The one-time cost of restarting the draft from scratch in a national emergency is estimated at $23 million, the same amount as the Selective Service System's annual budget.
But at age 18, all American men are still required to register with the Selective Service, the federal agency responsible for implementing a draft.
Sixteen million of draft-age men, meaning those who were covered by the Selective Service System, escaped military service by a variety of legal and illegal means.
relies on voluntary military service even though young men are required to register with the Selective Service.
She claimed the amendment would cost women Social Security benefits, end their exemption from registering for the Selective Service and lead to unisex bathrooms--claims ERA supporters said were bogus.
The landmark letter, which is being exhibited for the first time -- on loan -- on the 50th anniversary that a 24-year-old first Ali wrote it, was addressed to the US Selective Service Directorate.
Instead, we urge both organizations, consistent with the church's respect for individual decisions made in good conscience, to call for abolition of the Selective Service System.
Jane Fughs: "All Selective Service does is maintain a list of names.
Marco Rubio - who endorsed women participating in the Selective Service Act at Saturday evening's Manchester debate.

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