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Government Documents - Military and Veterans Agencies: Selective Service System

War Department, Navy Department, Army, Department of Defense, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Military Establishment, Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies

Conscription into the armed forces has existed in America since colonial times. The Selective Service Act of 1917 created the modern Selective Service System (SSS). The draft went into full swing during World War II and continued through the Vietnam War. Currently, although there is no draft, men between the ages of 18 and 25 are required to register with the SSS.

Government Documents holds a partial collection of SSS publications, including the following titles:

We have many Congressional hearings, prints, and documents about selective service. Search for these in ProQuest Congressional (UHM login required). You can also find laws and regulations related to selective service and the draft in our collections.

We also have a variety of general publications, pamphlets, and other SSS materials.

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