1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 1, 2019 8:57 AM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking list of draft exemptions in WWI

    Ashley Farmer Newbie

      I have  found a WWI registration card in which the man who is registering requests exemption from the draft. When asked to list on what grounds, he wrote in "yes as seaman" I am trying to find out if this was common or how I can find out more about draft exemptions in WWI. Any advice would be greatly appreciated

        • Re: Seeking list of draft exemptions in WWI
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Ms. Farmer,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Final Report of Provost Marshal General on the Operations of the Selective Service System, and Selective Service Regulations, 1917 - 1919 in the Records of the Selective Service System (World War I), 1917 - 1939 (Record Group 163) that is in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL).   This series consists of two books related to the WWI-era Selective Service System. The first is the “Final Report of Provost Marshal General to the Secretary of War on the Operations of the Selective Service System to July 15, 1919,” a 288-page book that was published by the Government Printing Office in 1920. It is the final report of Provost Marshal General E.H. Crowder to the Secretary of War. It includes tables that break down classifications by age and state, as well as charts detailing deferments, aliens, physically disqualified registrants, desertions, and budget distribution. Appendices list officers who worked for the Provost Marshal General's Office and states' headquarters, civilians who worked for the Provost Marshal General's Office, and a statement on the evasion of the draft in North Carolina. It is also available in digital form by the HathiTrust Digital Library.

           

          The second is the “Selective Service Regulations Prescribed by the President Under the Authority Vested in Him by the Terms of the Selective Service Law [Act of Congress Approved May 18, 1917, With Supplementary and Amendatory Acts and Resolutions]”, a 254-page book that was published by the Government Printing Office in 1918. It includes general rules and regulations, then goes into detail about various roles, classification, selection, special cases, mobilization, physical examinations, disbursement, forms, and statutes. It also includes a forward by President Woodrow Wilson. The book includes an index and also is available in digital form by the HathiTrust Digital Library.

           

          In addition, we located the “Second Report of the Provost Marshal General to the Secretary of War on the Operations of the Selective Service System to December 20, 1918.” In Chapter IV: Classification Principles and Results of this 607-page report has a section about Military & Navy Service beginning on p. 123 that may discuss if there was an exemption of those already serving in the Navy. This report is available in digital form by the HathiTrust Digital Library.

           

          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

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