July 31, 2014


 

INDUCTION STATISTICS

The following shows the numbers of men who entered military service through the Selective Service System during major 20th century conflicts in which the U.S. was engaged.

Conflict and Number of Inductions:

WWI: (Sept. 1917-Nov. 1918) 2,810,296
WWII: (Nov. 1940-Oct. 1946) 10,110,104
Korea: (June 1950-June 1953)  1,529,539
Vietnam: (Aug 1964- Feb 1973) 1,857,304

 

Inductions (by year) from World War I through the end of the draft (1973)

Year: Number of Inductions

1917:
1918:
1940:
1941:
1942:
1943:
1944:
1945:
1946:
1947:
1948: 
1949:
1950:
1951:
1952:
1953:
1954:
1955:
1956:
1957:
1958:
1959:
1960:
1961:
1962:
1963:
1964:
1965:
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1967:
1968:
1969:
1970:
1971:
1972:

1973:

516,212
2,294,084
18,633
923,842
3,033,361
3,323,970
1,591,942
945,862
183,383
0
20,348
9,781
219,771
551,806
438,479
471,806
253,230
152,777
137,940
138,504
142,246
96,153
86,602
118,586
82,060
119,265
112,386
230,991
382,010
228,263
296,406
283,586
162,746
94,092
49,514
 646

 

The last man inducted entered the Army on June 30, 1973.
 

For more than 50 years, Selective Service and the registration requirement for America's young men have served as a backup system to provide manpower to the U.S. Armed Forces.

President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 which created the country's first peacetime draft and formally established the Selective Service System as an independent Federal agency.

From 1948 until 1973, during both peacetime and periods of conflict, men were drafted to fill vacancies in the armed forces which could not be filled through voluntary means.

In 1973, the draft ended and the U.S. converted to an All-Volunteer military.

The registration requirement was suspended in April 1975. It was resumed again in 1980 by President Carter in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Registration continues today as a hedge against underestimating the number of servicemen needed in a future crisis.

The obligation of a man to register is imposed by the Military Selective Service Act.  The Act establishes and governs the operations of the Selective Service System.

 


 


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