Selective Service Act of 1917

IWantYou_003.jpg250px-SheetMusicCoverAmerHeresMyBoy1917.jpg The Selective Service Act of 1917 was passed by the US congress on May 18, 1917. It was first envisioned in December of 1916 and was shown to the president's attention in February 1917. The act was first drafted by Captain Hugh Johnson after America declared war on Germany. The act authorized the government to be able to raise an army of thousands in which to fight a modern war.The act was canceled at the end of the war in 1918.
When WWI started America didn't have a large army compared to the European armies. In 1914 the army was under 100,000 and the National Guard was around 120,000. The National Defense Act in 1916 authorized the army to grow to around 160,000 and the National Guard to 450,000 by 1921. The Selective Service Act said all men 21 to 30 years of age, which was later extended to 18 to 45, had to register to be drafted. There were a few different ways they didn't have to go to war, dependent families, duties they have to do at home, or physical disabilities. By the end of WWI around 2,800,000 men had been inducted.
By: Karaline S.