May 1917 the Congress passed the Selective Service Act, it required all men between the
ages of 17 and 30 to register with the local draft board.
Was later changed to ages of 18-45
By the end of the war more than 2.8 million men were drafted into the military
The thought was that having a draft would be a better cross section of the country and would
bring people from different backgrounds together to fight for the common cause
The fact was that many of these groups including blacks, Hispanics and Indians often faced
the same discrimination as they did in the real world
Massive training camps began to be built in 1917 to train these new military recruits
The military built 16 separate training sites, many of them were completed in less than
Even though they did not have enough uniforms for the soldiers they did have a place for
them to live while in training.
Upon arriving in these camps the recruits went through a series of medical exams
They spent most of their days drilling with new equipment, exercising, and learning military
They also spent many hours learning how to fight
Many hours were spent on the rifle range, and practiced hand to hand combat using bayonets
training put most soldiers in great physical health, and strength, this would be tested in France.