May 9, 1945
[H. R. 2625]
[Public Law 54]

Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, extension.
54 Stat. 897.
50 U. S. C. app. § 316 (b).

AN ACT
To extend the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, as amended.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 16 (b) of the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, as amended, is amended by deleting “May 15, 1945,” and inserting in lieu thereof the following: “May 15, 1946, or the date of the termination of hostilities in the present war, or on such earlier date as may be specified in a concurrent resolution of the two Houses of Congress for that purpose,” and by adding at the end of section 16 (b) the following new sentence: “As used in this section the term ‘date of the termination of hostilities in the present war’ means the date proclaimed by the President as the date of such termination or the date specified in a concurrent resolution of the two Houses of Congress as the date of such termination, whichever is the earlier”.

Sec. 2. Section 3 (a) of such Act, as amended, is hereby amended by striking out the period at the end thereof and inserting in lieu thereof a colon and the following: “And provided further, That no man under nineteen years of age who is inducted into the land or naval forces under the provisions of this Act shall be ordered into actual combat service until after he has been given at least six months of military training of such character and to the extent necessary to prepare such inductee for combat duty; this proviso shall not be construed as preventing the assignment of enlisted men of the Navy or Coast Guard and the reserve components thereof to duty for training on combat vessels of the Navy or Coast Guard and at naval bases beyond the continental limits of the United States.”

Approved May 9, 1945.

Statement by the President Upon Signing Bill Extending the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940.

“I am reluctantly giving my approval to this legislation. I do not wish this approval to be interpreted as expressing my concurrence in Section 2 of the Bill, which places added restrictions on the War and Navy Departments in their management of the fighting forces. I sign the legislation only because the immediate extension of the Selective Service Act is of compelling necessity in the continuance of military operations against Japan.”

Harry S. Truman
May 9, 1945

(Citation: Harry S. Truman: "Statement by the President Upon Signing Bill Extending the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940.," May 9, 1945. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=12237.)