Bob Caylor Appointed
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.