A One Name Study

World War One Draft Registration Cards


World War 1 began in July of 1914 when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Italy followed suit in 1915 when she could no longer hide behind a clause which allowed her to escape her obligations to both Germany and Austria- Hungary. The United States, joined the Allies in 1917 after declaring war on Germany and after taking a stance of absolute neutrality for almost 3 years.

Due to the Selective Service Act which was also passed in 1917, all men between the ages of 21 and 45 living in the US, whether or not citizens, were required to fill out a draft registration form for enlistment should it become necessary.

For Italian men looking to gain citizenship status, the possibility of going to War expedited this process as they were considered for Naturalization quicker so naturally, instead of going back to Italy, they chose to stay in the US and register as required. It is fair to note though that many never did serve or were exempt from serving.

Registration was held on three different occasions and three different registration cards were used. I have linked them below: