Drafting Soldiers to Fight in World War 1
World War I Draft and Selective Service Document Collection of the GG Archives includes documents and photographs including Notice of Certification to District Board, Notice of Enrollment Under Military Law, Draft Registration Cards, Registration Certificates, Questions & Answers, and more.
1917 Bulletin of Information for Persons Registered for the draft from The government printing office provides all of the information about the draft, who is eligible for it, and how claims to avoid the draft must be dealt with by the local draft boards and the draftee.
All men between the ages of 18 and 45 were required to register regardless of citizenship status or other factors. The Selective Service Act of 1917 passed by Congress on 18 May 1917 authorized the United States President to increase the armed forces through conscription.
The day and hour specified on the Classification List of this Local Board, and on the order and notice of induction into military service which accompanies this notice for you to report to this Local Board for military duty is the time that marks your actual obligation as a soldier of the United States.
You are notified that under the act of Congress approved May 18, 1917, you are called for military service of the United States by the Local Board from among those persons whose registration cards are within the jurisdiction of this Local Board.
Document showing WW1 Draftee was certified by the local board as having been called for the United States' military service and not exempted or discharged.
The Proclamation of the President for the first registration of 1917 was prepared before the passage of the act and was issued on the day the law became effective.
A Presidential Proclamation on that day set June 5 for the registration of the new 21-year-old's in the continental United States. A further registration of such persons was held on August 24, 1918.
The proclamation for the major registration of all those between the ages of 18 and 45 not previously registered, which was to be held on September 12, 1918, followed the example of the first proclamation.
Draft lottery selects 1,374,000 men for examination to provide 687,000 of first increment troops others of 10,000,000 are definitely listed for future service; Baker draws the first number.
Selected for Our Readers From Two Thousand Questions and Answers About the War: A Catechism of the Methods of Fighting, Travelling and Living; Of the Armies, Navies and Air Fleets Personalities, Politics and Geography of the Warring Countries.
We are in this war to attain victory. We have taken one significant step, but it is only one-step. As our military need for men grows, so will our industrial demand for labor grow. We have hacked our armies' first increment out with a broadax because there was time for no greater refinement.
Summary of the draft registrations for the Great War and registration chronology for World War 1, 1917-18. The main facts about the three registrations of the World War are summarized in a chronology.
Card provided to individuals who completed the Military Census and Inventory Questionnaires of 1917 for New York. Highlights and Explanations for Key parts of this questionnaire are also included.
The officer making the enrollment shall, at the time of making the same, serve a notice of such enrollment upon each person enrolled, by delivering such notice to him or leaving it with some person of suitable age and discretion, at his place of residence.