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Selective Service Hearing: Future Mobilization Needs of the Nation


The Commission will host fourteen public hearings on policy options it is considering for its final report. Through each hearing, Commissioners will gain insights from panelists as they develop recommendations for their final report to Congress, the President, and the American people in March 2020. 


On April 24, 2019, the Commission will host Selective Service Hearing: Future Mobilization Needs of the Nation. This hearing will address the potential needs for a voluntary or compulsory mobilization.


To attend in-person, please RSVP here. The hearing will also be livestreamed


Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019  


Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  


Location: Gallaudet University​, Peikoff Alumni House, 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002


  • Opening remarks
  • Testimony from Panelists
  • Panelist Questioning by Commissioners
  • Public Comments
  • Closing Remarks

Staff Memo

The Commission and Commission staff request feedback from the public on the ideas presented in STAFF MEMORANDUM: Readiness of Selective Service and Structure of a Future National Mobilization. You can read the memorandum here and share your feedback here.


  • The Honorable James Stewart, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Department of Defense | Testimony
  • Rear Admiral John Polowczyk, Vice Director for Logistics, Joint Chiefs of Staff | Testimony
  • Ms. Loren DeJonge Schulman, Deputy Director of Studies and the Leon E. Panetta Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security | Testimony
  • Major General Peter Byrne, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Northern Command | Testimony
  • Ms. Elsa Kania, Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Technology and National Security Program, Center for a New American Security | Testimony

Statements submitted to the Commission regarding this hearing:

Public Comments

The public is invited to provide comment at each hearing following the conclusion of testimony. In order to accommodate as many public comments as possible, individuals will have two minutes to relate their comment to the Commission. If you are interested in providing a public comment during the hearing, please arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. to receive a ticket. The Commission will select tickets at random. If your ticket is drawn, you may provide your comment to the Commissioners during the public comment period. If you’re unable to attend the public hearing or have to leave early, you can submit your comment here, email it to, or mail it to 2530 Crystal Drive, Suite 1000, Box #63, Arlington, Virginia 22202.