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Julian M. Pleasants

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054254

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054254.001.0001

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A Call to Duty

A Call to Duty

The Selective Service Act of 1940

(p.31) 2 A Call to Duty
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Julian M. Pleasants
University Press of Florida

The American Army was in woeful shape in 1940 and needed an instant infusion of troops. The Training and Selective Service Act of 1940 established the process where American men would be registered and inducted into the service. The complicated process, carried out by volunteers, had numerous exceptions for health, illiteracy, and family business responsibilities (work necessary to the health and safety of the country). With some exceptions, Americans obeyed the law and signed up in large numbers.

Keywords:   Training and Selective Service Act of 1940, Selective Service, Army, Troops

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