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B. CLASSIFYING REGISTRANTS.
Section 100. Examining proofs and classifying registrants.
Immediately upon the expiration of seven days after the mailing of the Questionnaire and the giving of notice in respect of any registrant, as prescribed in section 92, the Local Board shall proceed to the classification of such registrant into one of the classes prescribed in Part IV hereof.
In every case where a Questionnaire is returned by a registrant the Local Board shall classify the registrant and mail notice of classification not later than four days after the receipt of the Questionnaire. This shall not affect the duty of Local Boards to proceed to classify in Class I registrants failing to return their Questionnaires within the prescribed time, except as otherwise provided in these regulations.
If, upon examination, the Local Board finds that a Questionnaire does not contain the information required, or contains substantial or material errors which indicate ignorance or lack of knowledge on the part of the registrant, or in case the Local Board shall desire further information, the Board shall require the registrant to appear at a day to be fixed and complete the Questionnaire or correct any substantial or material error which may appear therein, or to furnish such other evidence as the Board may require. Where it appears desirable Local Boards may return the Questionnaire to the registrant instead of requiring the registrant to appear before the Board. Failure on the part of the registrant to appear on or before the day set by the Local Board shall remove the right of the registrant to correct, modify, or add to his Questionnaire.
Note 1.-If Questionnaires filed are not specific enough, boards should secure adequate answers before proceeding to
classify. (Telegram A-780, Dec. 14, 1917.) Section 101. Rules governing process of classification by Local
Boards. In classifying registrants Local Boards will have constantly in mind that all registrants belong in Class I unless they are placed in some deferred class by the action of the Local or District Board. Local Boards shall first examine the registrant's entries on the first page of the Questionnaire and also the answers to the Questionnaire and all other proof in the case and shall proceed to classify the registrant in accordance with the following rules:
RULE XXVII. If the registrant has submitted no Questionnaire, or if neither the registrant nor any person in respect of him has claimed deferred classification, or if the ONLY claim for deferred classification, by or in respect of him, is on the ground of his engagement in some industry, occupation, or employment, including agriculture, he shall forth with' be classified as remaining in Class I, unless he is an alien enemy, or unless the Local Board determines to consider the case for deferred classification, notwithtsanding no claim by or in behalf of the registrant for deferred classification has been made. If the Local Board proceeds to the consideration of a case on the
ground that the registrant is engaged in a necessary industry, occupation, or employment, including agriculture, the Local Board shall, after indorsing its recommendation on the Questionnaire, forward the Questionnaire and record to the District Board having jurisdiction. A statement shall be indorsed on the Questionnaire in connection with the recommendation of the Local Board that the case has been considered, notwithstanding the fact that no claim by or in respect of the registrant was made.
Note 1.–See as to aliens, n. 2, Rule XII (e), and n. 3, Rule XII (f), sec. 79.
Note 2.-See last sentence of sec. 131. RULE XXVIII. In every case in which it shall appear from a registrant's answers to the questions concerning his physical condition, under Series II of questions in the Questionnaire, that he is permanently and totally physically disqualified for military service; and in every case in which the Board shall receive credibie information that a registrant is suffering from some physical, mental, or nervous disability which renders him permanently totally disqualified for military seryice, the Local Board may proceed at once, in a summary way, to satisfy itself concerning the facts, either with or without physical examination; and after so doing, the Local Board may, by unanimous vote of all three members, place such registrant in Class V without reference to any other fact, if it decides, upon the facts, that the registrant is totally and permanently disqualified. (See sec. 79 (g).)
RULE XXIX. In any case, if the registrant, or any person in respect of him, claims deferred classification, orifconsideration is determined upon by the board without formal claim, the Local Board shall proceed to consider the case for deferred classification. (See Rule XXVII.)
RULE XXX. If the case is one requiring consideration for classification in Class V, the board shall proceed first to a consideration as to that class. (See sec. 19.) If the board decides to classify the registrant in Class V, it need not proceed to any other classification, unless, after an appeal by the Government Appeal Agent, the District Board should reverse the said classification, in which event the Local Board shall reopen (see sec. 119A) the case and reclassify the registrant in accordance with these regulations, from which reclassification the registrant, or any authorized person in respect of him, may appeal in accordance with the rules governing appeals generally.
RULE XXXI. If claim is made for deferred classification on more grounds than one (other than engagement in an industry, occupation, or employment, including agriculture, the Local Board shall proceed to a decision on each claim and make a classification as to each claim and shall record its decision as to each claim on the cover sheet (Form 1001-B, p. 212, see sec. 270) of the Questionnaire. The board shall then record on the Classification List only the most deferred classification.
Thus, if the registrant or other person presents proof which convinces the Local Board that he should be classified in Class II on one ground and in Class IV on some other ground, both classifications shall be entered on the Cover Sheet of the Questionnaire (see sec. 102), but only a record of classification in (lass IV will be entered on the Classification List as preseribed in section 102.
RULE XXXII. If claim is made for deferred classification on the ground of engagement in an industry, occupation, or employment, including agriculture (whether there be any other claim or not), THE LOCAL BOARD SHALL IN ALL CASES INDORSE upon the Questionnaire, in the place provided (page 16), its recommendation as to the merits of such elaim and its findings.as' to any fact bearing on such claim as it desires to have considered in support of such recommendation.
Note 1.-Special attention is called to this Rule, and the Local Board in all such cases will indorse on the Questionnaire, in the place provided, its recommendation, as well as any classification
it has made. RULE XXXIII. The Local Board shall, in every case, indorse upon the Questionnaire in the place provided (page 16) a minute of its decision and the reasons for the classification on all grounds of classification within the jurisdiction of the Local Board.
Section 102. Entering classification on Classification List and
on the Cover Sheet. Immediately upon classifying a registrant, the Local Board shall record the most deferred classification by placing a cross mark (X) together with the small letter indicating the ground of classification, in column 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12, as the case may be, of the Classification List opposite the name of the registrant. If the registrant is found to be available for noncombatant service only, as provided in Rule XIV, the symbol zero (0) shall be entered instead of the cross mark (X).
Immediately after recording the classification on the Classification List, the classification on every ground will be entered on the Cover Sheet of the Questionnaire by placing in the rectangle designating the classification the letter corresponding to the division on the first page of the Questionnaire that states the ground upon which the board made its classification.
Section 103. Notifying the registrant of classification,
At the conclusion of each day's business the Local Board shall mail to the last known address of each registrant who has been classified on that day a notice (Form 1005, sec. 277, p. 222) of its classification of the registrant on all grounds of classification and of the class in which he has been recorded on the Classification List. (See sec. 102.) Immediately upon the mailing of such notice the Local Board
shall insert in column 13 of the Classification List and on the Cover Sheet of the Questionnaire the date of mailing said notice.
Note 1.- Local Boards will stamp on the face of Form 1003 (p. 222), as sent out to the registrants, after its own classification and before the case has been decided by the District Board, the words, “This classification does not affect claims on account of engagement in an industry, occupation, or employment, includ
ing agriculture." (Telegram A-2797, Jan. 11, 1918.) Section 104. Appeals from classification by Local Board.
Within five days after the mailing of notice of classification (see sec. 8) by a Local Board as prescribed in section 103, any person who has made a claim for deferred classification of a registrant may file with the Local Board a claim of appeal from the decision of the Local Board denying the claim.
To file an appeal, the person claiming the same should enter, or should deputize some other person to enter for him, his claim of appeal, in the place provided in the registrant's Questionnaire (p. 16), at the office of the Local Board.
The Government Appeal Agent (see sec. 47) or any person specially or generally designated by the Provost Marshal General or by the Governor of the State to take appeals in behalf of the Government may file an appeal from any decision of a Local Board at any time.
Immediately upon the filing of any such appeal the Local Board shall enter, in column 14 of the Classification List, the date of filing such appeal.
Note 1.–Unless claim is made for deferred classification no appeal will lie from the classification made by the Local Board, and no cases need be sent to the District Board except cases in which appeals are claimed or in which there are claims for deferred classification on grounds of engagement in an industry, occupation, or employment, including agriculture. In cases in which there is no claim for deferred classification within seven days from the mailing of the Questionnaire, Local Boards will immediately in proper cases declare the registrant to be in Class 1 and immediately send him notice of final classification
under section 110. (Telegram A-639, Dec. 11, 1917.) Section 105. Forwarding certain records to the District Board.
The only cases to be forwarded to the District Board are those containing a claim based on the registrant's engagement in an industry, occupation, or employment, including agriculture, and those in which a claim of appeal has been duly made. Such cases will be forwarded as follows:
(1) Where the only claim in the case is based on the registrant's engagement in an industry, occupation, or employment, including agriculture (see sec. 80 et seq.), the case will be forwarded immediately upon the expiration of the seven-day period prescribed in section 92.
(2) Where the case contains no claim based on the registrant's engagement in an industry, occupation, or employment, including agri
culture, it shall be forwarded immediately upon the proper filing of a claim of appeal, as prescribed in section 104, and not otherwise.
(3) Where the case contains a claim based on the registrant's engagement in an industry, occupation, or employment, including agriculture, and also another claim, it shall be forwarded after the expiration of the five-day appeal period prescribed in section 104, unless claim of appeal is made before the expiration of that time, in which event the case shall be forwarded immediately.
In all the foregoing cases the complete record before the Local Board shall be sent to the District Board, except the Cover Sheet, in lieu of which the Local Board shall forward an exact duplicate of the Cover Sheet (Form 1001-C, sec. 271, p. 214).
At the time the record is sent forward to the District Board the Local Board shall insert in column 15 of the Classification List, and on the Cover Sheet, as the case may require, the date on which such case is sent forward.
Note 1.- Local Boards must promptly forward all cases containing claims for deferred classification based on engagement in an industry, occupation, or employment, including agriculture, regardless of the fact that Local Boards may have placed the registrant in a more deferred class on account of claim within the jurisdiction of the Local Board than that claimed on account of industry, occupation, or employment, including agriculture,
before the District Board. (Telegram A-3219, Jan. 18, 1918.) Section 106. Docket of District Boards.
District Boards shall proceed immediately upon promulgation of these Rules and Regulations to arrange all duplicate copies of registration cards (see sec. 62) in alphabetical order in separate sections, one section for each Local Board, and shall hereafter insert in proper alphabetical order in the respective sections all duplicate registration cards forwarded by the Adjutant General of the State, as provided in section 67.
When the record of any registrant is received from a Local Board the District Board shall enter in columns 1, 2, and 3 of the Docket Book (Form No. 1006, sec. 278, p. 223) the name, order number, and serial number of the registrant, and shall note on the back of the duplicate registration card of the registrant the page of the Docket Book on which said entry has been entered.
Upon receipt of the record of any registrant (see sec. 105), either on appeal or because it contains a claim based on engagement in an industry, occupation, or employment, including agriculture, the District Board shall enter in the Docket in column 4 or in column 10, or in both, as the case may require, the date on which such record was received from the Local Board.
Immediately upon classification (sce sec. 107) or reclassification (see secs. 119–124) of any registrant, the District Board shall enter in the proper column or columns of the Docket, by cross mark (X) or cipher (0) (see sec. 102), as the case may be, the classification as determined by the District Board.
When the record is returned to the Local Board the District Board shall enter the date of return in column 16 of the Docket.