Military Selective Service Act
|Other short titles||
|Long title||An Act to provide for the common defense by increasing the strength of the armed forces of the United States, including the reserve components thereof, and for other purposes.|
|Enacted by||the 80th United States Congress|
|Effective||June 24, 1948|
|Statutes at Large||62 Stat. 604, Chapter 625|
|Titles amended||50 U.S.C.: War and National Defense|
|U.S.C. sections created||50 U.S.C. Appendix §§ 451-473|
The Selective Service Act of 1948, also known as the Elston Act, was a major revision of the Articles of War of the United States enacted June 24, 1948 that established the current implementation of the Selective Service System.
The previous Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 (STSA) was repealed by the Act of March 31, 1947, liquidated, and replaced by a new and distinct Selective Service System established by this Act.
It has had amendments, extensions, and changes of name since 1948, including:
- change of name to Universal Military Training and Service Act by Sec. 1 of Pub.L. 82–51, 65 Stat. 75, enacted June 19, 1951
- change of name to Military Selective Service Act of 1967 by Sec. 1 of Pub.L. 90–40, 81 Stat. 100, enacted June 30, 1967
- change of name to Selective Service Amendment Act of 1969 by Sec. 2 of Pub.L. 91–124, 83 Stat. 220, enacted November 26, 1969
- change of name to Military Selective Service Act by Sec. 101(a) of Pub.L. 92–129, 85 Stat. 348, enacted September 28, 1971