May 23rd, 2011
The first peacetime selective service draft in the United States was established in October 1940 by President Roosevelt. All men between the ages of 18 and 45 were required to register.
When the U.S. entered World War II, a new selective service act was passed requiring all men between ages of 18 and 65. The “Fourth Registration,” conducted on 27 April is commonly called the “Old Man’s Draft.” Men who were born between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897 (ages 45 to 64 years of age) were required to register if they were not already serving in the military.
Unfortunately all of the registration cards for the “Fourth Registration” have not survived. Those for the Southeastern United States have been destroyed. For other regions of the United States many have survived and are generally located in the National Archives regional facility servicing a particular state. Fortunately, many of the cards have been microfilmed.
The following images were scanned from microfilm at the National Archives at Washington.
- Delaware, National Archives micropublictaion M1936, reel 10
- Maryland, National Archives micropublication M1939, reel 65
- Massachusetts, National Archives micropublictaion M2090, reel 164
- New Hampshire, National Archives micropublication M1963 reel 19
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