Manchester of yesteryear

Pictured are members of the draft board in Manchester, according to Ray Amos, who’s in charge of the media room of the Coffee County Historical Society. In the 1940s, members of the draft board were responsible for verifying the draft requirements were followed. On Sept. 16, 1940, the United States instituted the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, which required all men between the ages of 21 and 45 to register for the draft. This was the first peacetime draft in United States’ history. Those who were selected from the draft lottery were required to serve at least one year in the armed forces. When the U.S. entered WWII, draft terms extended through the duration of the fighting. Fifty million men between 18 and 45 had registered for the draft and 10 million had been inducted in the military by the end of the war in 1945, according to the National WWII Museum.