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On May 18, 1917, Congress passed the Selective Service Act, authorizing President Woodrow Wilson to draft men into military service. The Selective Service System required all men, regardless of citizenship, between the ages of 18 and 45 to register for the draft. This requirement resulted in three separate registrations. Each registration used a slightly different variation of the registration card.
Skill Level: Beginning
- This project is recommended for new volunteers who are still becoming familiar with the indexing process and system.
Characteristics and Description
- This registration was for men who were born between February 1873 and 1900.
- Three basic forms were used for the registration.
- The information was handwritten or typed on printed forms.
- Only the front of draft cards has data to be indexed, but both the front and back of the card are on the same image.
- The back of the cards has no information to be indexed.
- Each batch generally has 25 images, with one record per image.
- Highlights are available for this project.
How to Help with This Project
- If you have not already done so, you must register as an indexing volunteer. To register and download and install the indexing program, click here for the indexing home page. Click on Get Started, and follow the instructions on the page.
- After you register, click the Begin Indexing link on the indexing home page, and sign in to the indexing program with your user name and password. Then click the Download Batch button, and select this project name from the list. To see the project name on the list, you may need to select Show all projects at the top of the Download Batch window.