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GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS.
Section 1. Definitions and instructions as to interpretation and
In the interpretation and construction of these Rules and Regulations, the following definitions and instructions shall be observed, namely:
(a) By the term “ Selective Service Law" is meant the Act of Congress of May 18, 1917, entitled " An Act to authorize the President to increase temporarily the Military Establishment of the United States," and all acts, resolutions, and conventions amendatory thereof and supplementary thereto. .(See Part XII.)
(6) These Rules and Regulations under the Selective Service Law shall, for the sake of brevity, be indicated by the letters "S. S. R.” (Selective Service Regulations).
(c) Words importing the singular number shall be held to include the plural, and vice versa, except where such construction would be unreasonable.
(d) Words importing the masculine gender shall be held to include the feminine, except where such construction would be unreasonable.
(e) The conjunctive word " and” may be substituted for the disjunctive word "or," and vice versa, in the sections of these Rules and Regulations relating to dependents, except where such substitution and the construction resulting therefrom would be unreasonable.
(f) The word “ State" shall include all States, Territories, and the District of Columbia.
(9) The word "county” shall include parishes in the State of Louisiana.
(h) The word “Governor" shall include Governors of the States and Territories and the Commissioners of the District of Columbia.
(i) The term “ Adjutant General” shall include Adjutants General of the States, Territories, and the District of Columbia; and where there is no Adjutant General, or where the Governor selects another person or another administrative department of the State Government to perform the duties imposed by these Rules and Regulations on the Adjutant General, the term shall import such person or department.
(1) The term " deferred class” includes the second, third, fourth, and fifth classes of the five classes in which a registrant may be placed. All registrants placed in Classes II, III, IV, and V have been temporarily exempted or discharged. The effect of classification in Class I is to render every man so qualified presently liable
to military service in the order determined by the drawings. The effect of classification in Class II is to grant a temporary discharge from the draft effective until Class I is exhausted, and similarly Class III and IV become liable only when Classes II and III, respectively, are exhausted. All classifications are conditioned upon the continuing existence of the status of the registrant, which is the basis of his classification.
(1) The term “ de ferred classification" defines a status equivalent to discharge or exemption from draft, whether permanent, temporary, conditional, or unconditional.
(1) The term “registrant" shall include all persons duly and properly registered in accordance with the provisions of the Selective Service Law and the Rules and Regulations made under authority thereof, heretofore and hereafter in effect.
(m) The term “mobilization” shall include all proceedings in relation to induction of a registrant into the military or naval (including Marine Corps) service from the time that he is ordered to report to his Local Board for military or naval (including Marine Corps) duty and entrainment to the time that he arrives at the military or naval (including Marine Corps) camp, post, or station.
(n) The term “ selected man” shall include all registrants who, under the preexisting Regulations, had been notified of selection (old Form 164-B), or who, under these Regulations, have been notified by their Local Boards to report for military or naval (including Marine Corps) duty.
(0) The term “ police official” shall include all United States and State, county, and municipal marshals and sheriffs and their depu"ties, police, constables and the constabulary, and all similar officers, by whatever name known, having authority to take persons into custody in order to preserve the peace and quiet of the community and to maintain public order and tranquillity.
(P) The term “child” shall include only girls under 18 and boys under 16 years of age, and shall, except where otherwise provided, include:
(1) A legitimate child of the registrant, whether born or unborn.
(2) A child legally adopted by the registrant before May 18, 1917, if a member of the registrant's household.
(3) An illegitimate child of the registrant only if he has been judicially ordered or decreed to contribute to such child's support.
The classification of a registrant on account of dependency of any child as herein defined shall be governed by the particular rules of classification in respect of dependency.
(9) Wherever an oath is required, an affirmation in judicial form, if made by a person having conscientious scruples concerning the taking of an oath, shall be deemed a sufficient compliance.
(?) Except in section 139 hereof the words " mobilization camp will be taken to mean any military or naval (including Marine Corps) camp, post, or station to which selected men are ordered or authorized to be sent.
(8) The term "military service” shall be held to include naval service, including service in the Marine Corps, except where such construction would be unreasonable.
(t) By the term “ First Registration” is meant the registration of persons in the Class of June, 1917, registered before September 12,
1918, pursuant to the provisions of the proclamation by the President dated May 18, 1917.
(u) By the term “ Second Registration” is meant the registration of persons in tlie Class of June, 1918, registered before September 12, 1918, pursuant to the provisions of the proclamations by the President dated May 20, 1918, and August 13, 1918, respectively.
(v) By the term “ Third Registration " is meant the registration of persons in the Class of September, 1918, registered on or after September 12, 1918 pursuant to the provisions of the proclamation by the President dated August 31, 1918.
(w) By the term “ Class of June, 1917," is meant the persons registered before. September 12, 1918, pursuant to the provisions of the proclamation by the President, dated May 18, 1917.
(2) By the term “ Class of June, 1918," is meant the persons registered before September 12, 1918, pursuant to the provisions of the proclamations by the President dated May 20, 1918, and August 13, 1918, respectively.
(y) By the term “ Class of September, 1918," is meant all persons registered on or after September 12, 1918, pursuant to the provisions of the proclamation by the President dated August 31, 1918, irrespective of the date on which they were required to register.
(2) The term “induction” shall be construed to mean the process by which a selected man enters the military service.
(aa) The term “contingent” shall be construed to mean any number or party of selected men entrained or forwarded by a Local Board at any one time.
(66) The term “ quota" shall be construed to mean the proportional share of selected men to be inducted into military service by the respective States and subdivisions thereof.
(cc) The term “allotment” shall be construed to mean the number of selected men which a Local Board is required to induct under
(dd) The term "call" shall be construed to be the order of the Provost Marshal General on the Governor of any State and by him on any Local Board within his jurisdiction for the induction and entrainment of selected men to any mobilization camp.
(ee) The term “quota basis” shall be construed to mean the basis upon which the quota or proportional share of selected men to be inducted by each State or subdivision thereof, under any call, is to be computed; which basis will be prescribed and promulgated by the President from time to time.
Section 2. When these Rules and Regulations became effective.
(a) The following sections and parts of these Rules and Regulations shall become effective at noon on November 20, 1917, and thereupon shall supersede all preexisting Rules and Regulations relating to the same subject matter, namely, Sections 9 to 13, inclusive; 15 and 16; 23 to 34, inclusive; 37 to 52, inclusive; 90, 91, and 92; 152 to 156, inclusive; 183, 184, 185, and 187; and Parts IX, XI, XII, XIII, and XIV.
(6) All sections and parts of these Regulations not specified in subparagraph (a) shall become effective at noon on December 15,