WWII Old Man's Draft
The U.S. officially entered World War II on 8 December 1941 following an attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Just about a year before that, in October 1940, President Roosevelt had signed into law the first peacetime
selective service draft in U.S. history, due to rising world conflicts. After the U.S. entered WWII a new
selective service act required that all men between ages 18 and 65 register for the draft. Between November
1940 and October 1946, over 10 million American men were registered. The collection
of the draft cards from the Fourth Registration, is the only registration currently available to the public
(the other registrations are not available due to privacy laws). The Fourth Registration, often referred to
as the "old man's registration", was conducted on 27 April 1942 and registered men who born on or between
28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897 - men who were between 45 and 64 years old - and who were not already in the military.