Selective Draft Law and Legal Definition

Selective draft is the process, machinery, and agencies in selecting and inducting into military service the persons who are subject to call for such service under a compulsory service act. Congress passed the Selective Draft Act in 1917, and created a government office to oversee conscription. Conscription is the compulsory induction of individuals into the Armed Services. Men within a certain age group must register with the Selective Service for possible conscription, but conscription was suspended in 1973.