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Selective Service Act 

In May of 1917, President Woodrow Wilson and Congress passed the Selective Service Act.  This act required all men between the ages of 21 and 30 to register with the government so they can be randomly selected for military service.  Within one year, in 1918, 24 million men had registered to join the service.  Of these 24 men, only around three million were selected to actually serve in the military and many of them didn’t even get to war because soon after most troops left, a truce was signed. 

 

Work Cited:

1)      Littell, McDougal.  “The Americans”.  “Raising an Army”.  Pg. 382.  Evanston, Illinois.  2003

 

2) Selective Service Act.  Www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/FFWselective.htm