Draft Registrations Do Not Mean They Served

Draft registrations are just that: registrations. There is a difference between registering for the draft, being drafted, and volunteering.

Usually all men between a certain age were required to register when there was a draft registration. Some men were drafted. Some men volunteered.

If your male relative fit in the range of years of birth to register, you should check for a registration–even if he did not serve.

The World War Two Draft Registration (Young Men’s Draft) for Ola Finis Lake from the State of Missouri. He did not serve in the military.

This is the World War II Draft Registration card for Mimka Johnson Habben (“Old Men’s Draft” registration). He did not serve in the war.

This is the World War I Draft Registration Card for Henry Ufkes. He did not serve.

You can search World War Draft Registrations for US residents: