Bob Cay­lor Ap­pointed

Catron Courier - - Front Page - By Wilma Stan­ton

Bob Cay­lor was ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent Obama as the Lo­cal Board Mem­ber of the Se­lec­tive Ser­vice Board of the State of New Mex­ico. He will serve the coun­ties of Grant, Ca­tron, So­corro and Va­len­cia. He was cho­sen be­cause of his demon­strated pa­tri­o­tism, fi­delity and abil­i­ties.

The Se­lec­tive Ser­vice Sys­tem is an in­de­pen­dent civil­ian agency within the Ex­ec­u­tive Branch of the Fed­eral Govern­ment. Its Board mem­bers must go through an ex­ten­sive back­ground check by the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion and pass rig­or­ous tests be­fore be­ing ad­mit­ted. This is a very se­lec­tive group with less than 10,000 mem­bers.

The SSS has been in ex­is­tence since 1863 when it was nec­es­sary for Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln to fill much needed troops in the Civil War. The only time it was not used was from 1973 un­til re­in­stated by Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter in 1980 in re­sponse to the Soviet Union in­va­sion of Afghanista­n.

The procla­ma­tion re­in­stat­ing draft regis­tra­tion re­quires male cit­i­zens and im­mi­grants born on or af­ter Jan­uary 1, 1960, to reg­is­ter with the SSS within 30 days of their 18th birth­days. Fail­ure to do so can be pun­ished with fines and/or jail. Those who fail to reg­is­ter may be de­nied fed­eral stu­dent loans, and most States have en­acted leg­is­la­tion which de­nies young men State ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing if they have not reg­is­tered

The SSS Boards are im­por­tant for the reg­is­trants in de­cid­ing the clas­si­fi­ca­tions of those who file for de­fer­ments. These claims may be for con­sci­en­tious ob­jec­tors, stu­dents, min­is­ters, or other ad­min­is­tra­tive clas­si­fi­ca­tions, such as medics, nurses, doc­tors and other health care work­ers. It is up to board mem­bers to de­cide whether to grant, de­lay, or deny the claims. They hear the cases and all wit­nesses and ren­der their ver­dict upon cer­tain cri­te­ria that must be met by the reg­is­trant. Should the reg­is­trant be de­nied his claim, he may ap­peal to the Re­gional Board for fur­ther re­view.

Con­grat­u­la­tions, Bob, on your ap­point­ment. This is an honor for you and for the peo­ple of this area.

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