On This Day: Selective Service Act

On May 18, 1917 President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Selective Service Act, authorizing the federal government to raise a national army for the American entry into World War I through the mandatory military service conscription for all males between the ages of 21 to 30.

Selective Service Act and American Reaction to the Draft

WWI Centennial Commission Historic Adviser Mitchell Yockelson discusses the Selective Service Act and reaction to the draft.