4. Draft Registration (1917-1918)

With World War I (1917-1919) raging in Europe, President Woodrow Wilson and the Congress focused on American preparedness. They ensured the government's ability to raise an army by establishing a nationwide draft registration system. Of the 24 million men who registered, two million were drafted. The draft registration cards completed by all registrants are now among the records at the National Archives at Atlanta.


World War I Era Draft Registration Cards

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