During World War II men ages 18-65 were required to register with selective service. Across the country, American men waited for the “lottery” to call their number. Like other World War II conventions, conscription became a target in The Saturday Evening Post cartoons of the 1940s. Our cartoonists searched for the lighter side of local draft boards, draft classifications, and the dreaded rejection!
“We’ve relaxed our requirements just a bit.”
“Friends of the family? Oh, no, sir — we were just passing by.”
“I’ve been trying for 15 years to get my affairs in order, and now my draft board expects me to do it in 10 days.”
“I was rejected.”
“He was recalled to duty just as the picture was taken!”
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