President Franklin Roosevelt signs Selective Service draft bill of 1940 in Washington DC.
Washington DC USA Date:1940, September 16 Duration:1 min 15 sec Sound:Yes
President Franklin Roosevelt in his office in Washington DC. He is seated at his desk and signs the draft bill (Selective Service and Training Act of 1940, or STSA) which was the first peacetime conscription in United States history. Officials and cabinet members standing nearby. Painting on a wall in the background. He reads the conditions of bill. He states that the legislation intended to increase our armed forces becomes law. All men between 21 and 35 must register beginning October 16th, 1940. He says that "the terrible fate of nations whose weakness invited attack is too well known to us all. We must and we will marshal our great potential strength to fend off war from our shores. We must and we will prevent our land from becoming a victim of aggression."
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