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America Mobilizes for War:
Building an Army
Where was the
American Army “built?”
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When the United States
entered World War I, the United
States Army was only a fraction of
the size of European armies.
To build the army, President
Wilson encouraged Americans to
volunteer for service and pushed
Congress to pass the Selective
Service Act, or known as the draft
for young men for military service
in Europe.
More than 24 million
Americans registered for the draft
and about 2.8 million were actually
drafted, along with about 2 million