There are more than 600,000 records of draft registration cards from across Louisiana. While the information for each person varies, Louisiana draft cards 1940-1959 usually provides:
After the outbreak of World War II in Europe in 1939, the United States Congress passed the Selective Service Act of 1940 and began the first peacetime draft in the history of the country, in anticipation for joining the war. While the military draft, or Selective Service System, was a national obligation, this registration was carried out by draft boards on a local level throughout the duration of the war. Even after World War II ended in 1945, the draft was revived again by the Selective Service Act of 1948, and various other laws that kept military conscription active in peacetime, although fewer people were called up for service.
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