How many, or what percentage of eligible inductees were excused by way of a 2-D or 4-D during WWII?
25 MILITARY CLASSIFICATIONS For Draftees for WW2 through 1947.
used by Selective Service.
Five major catagories.
I - Liable to military service in the order determined by the national drawing
II - Temporary (dependency) discharge from draft; effective until Class I in the jurisdiction of the same Local Board was exhausted; registrants with both wife & children, or any father of motherless children, where such wife & children were not mainly dependent upon the registrant’s labor for support; also, registrants whose wives could support themselves through employment
III - Temporary (dependency) discharge from draft; effective until Classes I & II in the jurisdiction of the same Local Board was exhausted; registrants who were responsible forchildren not their own & who were dependent on registrant’s labor for support; registrants who had aged, inform or invalid parents or grandparents mainly dependent on registrants' government employees
IV - Temporary (dependency) discharge from draft; effective until Classes I, II & III in the jurisdiction of the same Local Board was exhausted; any married registrant whose wife or children were mainly dependent on registrant’s labor for support; also included mariners employed in sea service
V - Exemption or discharge from draft; including:
- ordained ministers
- students who on May 18, 1917 had been prepared for ministry in a recognized theological or divinity school
- persons in the military or naval service of the United States (officers & enlisted men)
- alien enemies - resident aliens
- persons found to be totally & permanently physically or mentally unfit for military service
- persons show to have been convicted of any crime designated as treason or felony, or an “infamous” crime
- licensed pilots actually employed in the pursuit of his vocation
You can get copies of the Selective Service Records from the national archives here.
Number of Inductions: 10,110,104
below taken from wikipedia's US conscription article
- 72,000 men registered as CO (conscientious objectors)
52,000 of those received CO status
25,000 of those entered the military in non combat roles.
- 12,000 went to civilian work camps
- 6,000 went to prison.
Draft evasion accounted for 4% of the total draftees.
- 373,000 evaders were investigated
- 16,000 were imprisoned.