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National Commission to Explore Mandatory Service Policy Options at First Day of Hearings

Posted: February 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service will hold two hearings on February 21, 2019, on universal service. The first hearing will explore ways to inspire universal service across America. This hearing will explore a diversity of options beyond federally-managed programs that support universal participation in service, such as faith-based, community-led, privately-managed, and state-driven models. The second hearing will explore whether Americans should be required to serve in military, national, and/or pubic service.

The Commission will hold 14 hearings between now and June 2019. Each hearing will provide an opportunity for the Commission to receive testimony on key topics within the Commission’s mandate. Members of the public will also have an opportunity to provide comments at each hearing following the conclusion of testimony.

The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service is an 11-member bipartisan commission tasked for the first time in American history, with comprehensively and holistically reviewing the Selective Service System, along with military, national, and public service. The Commission hopes to ignite a national conversation about ideas of service as it develops recommendations for the Congress, the President, and the American public by March 2020. The Commission invites the public to share comments on its website and join the digital conversation on service on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 

Thursday, February 21, 2019


WHO:  The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Universal Service Hearing: Inspiring Universal Service Across America


  • Tom Chabolla, President, Jesuit Volunteer Corps
  • Dr. Robert Grimm, Do Good Institute, University of Maryland School of Public Policy
  • Lisa Mascolo, Managing Director, IBM Global Business Services – Federal
  • Teresa Walch, National Vice President, Training and Quality Improvement, Boys and Girls Clubs of America

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.    Universal Service Hearing: Should Service be Mandatory?


  • Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
  • Dr. William Galston, Ezra K. Zilkha Chair and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Ted Hollander, Author
  • Lucy Steigerwald, Author

WHERE: American University | Washington College of Law | Claudio Grossman Hall | 4300 Nebraska Ave NW | Washington, D.C 20016

RSVP with name, position (reporter, camera, photographer, etc.), media outlet, email, and phone to

SAT Truck/Live feed: For interest, please send request as soon as possible.

Note: There will be public wi-fi available.