The Selective Service System: A Historical Perspective
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Starting with the Revolutionary War, there have been nine wars or conflicts that the United States has used its armed forces for a sustained period of time. Armies were raised through volunteers when possible however, the first conscription act was passed in 1863, during the Civil War. There have been two major conscription acts passed since then, in 1917 and again in 1940. The purpose of this research effort is to present a historical review of conscription as it applied to each war or conflict that the United States participated in, the current registration law, and what might be required to increase military manpower should the United States enter a tenth war or conflict.
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