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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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citizen of draft age, sued the Selective Service System (SSS), challenging the male-only registration requirement as a violation of the right to Equal Protection after the Department of Defense (DOD), in January of 2013, rescinded the ban on women in combat.
IN SEPTEMBER 1968, 14 war resisters, including live priests, broke into the downtown Milwaukee office of the Selective Service Administration, seized about 5.
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Peter DeFazio, believe the Selective Service System is no longer necessary and a waste of taxpayers' money.
are making an attempt to abolish the Selective Service System, which has ever since World War II required American males to register when they turn 18 for a possible draft, even though there hasn't been one since 1973.
The president of the World Boxing Association, Bob Evans, said that Clay had defied the United States law on selective service "and so has forfeited any protection of his recognition of his title".
Young men even have to register with Selective Service in case there's a new draft.
Rather than make COs prisoners, Roosevelt and the Selective Service offered them legal ways to serve their country.
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In August 1965, President Johnson issued Executive Order 11241, which formally eliminated deferments for childless men who got married after August 26, 1965, and in October 1965, the Selective Service declared that childless married men (irrespective of the date of marriage) were to be called up.
The Military Selective Service Act (MSSA) (3) requires male citizens and legal residents between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six to register for possible conscription in the event of a draft.

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