Fold3: WWII "Old Man's Draft" Registration Cards


You may be surprised to learn that your grandfather or great-grandfather registered for the draft in 1942 even though he was technically too old to serve. In 1942, the Selective Service initiated a "Fourth Registration" of the draft. Unlike other registrations for World War II service, however, this one targeted older men, not to fight in battle, but to use their skills on the home front.
Out of seven draft registrations tied to World War II, only the Fourth Registration is available online. It is one of our newest sets of military records started on Fold3. Since men between the ages of 45 and 64 were required to register, it became known as the "Old ManĂ¢€™s Draft." About 13 million men filled out draft cards, including President Roosevelt, then 60, who listed the American people as his employer.
The registration took place on April 27, 1942, at draft boards around the country, and was intended to provide the government with a register of manpower. Those who registered were later mailed questionnaires for more detailed information about their occupations and specific skills.
While the registration was a great resource for the government, anyone locating a relative in these records today will discover many interesting details about him including employment, address, birth date and place, telephone number, and his physical characteristics. A signature is also on every card.

Front Side of Draft Card

Matheos Mihail Christinakis
Was born in Risdere Asia Minor but at the time of the draft lived in Massachusetts.

Back Side of Draft Card

Lawrence Marley Leasure
An interesting fact about Marley was under "obvious physical characteristics" he had a scar on his thumb, and tattoo's on the lower part of both arms.