Having men fill out their own draftcards would not have been a viable idea. One of the things that the government found when they tested the 4 million or so men who were taken into the military in WWI was that illiteracy was very widespread. Also there were plentn of foreign born men who were literate in their native language but not in English. Then there are items on the card that require independent judgement like color of eyes, color of hair, short medium or tall stature, etc. I have seen the other discussions about what you found and don't understand your puzzlement. It 's just a screw up. Most of the draft registrations were done all over America on three occasions and each only lasted only a day or two. For instance the first registration was on June 5, 1917 and was for all men ages 21-31. With a population of about 100 million there were a lot of men in the 21-31 age group.