World War I Draft Registration

On 18 May 1917, the Selective Service Act was passed authorizing the president to increase the military establishment of the United States. As a result, every male living within the United States between the ages of eighteen and forty-five were required to register for the draft. During World War I there were three registrations.

First Registration - held on June 5, 1917, was for all men between the ages of 21 and 31.

Second Registration - held on June 5, 1918, registered those who attained age 21 after June 5, 1917. (A supplemental registration was held on August 24, 1918, for those becoming 21 years old after June 5, 1918. This was included in the second registration.)

Third Registration - held on September 12, 1918, for men age 18 through 45.

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First Draft - June 5, 1917
Second Draft - June 5, 1918
Third Draft - September 12, 1918