One difficulty the Navy encountered early in the war was recruits wanting to fight, then return home after the war ended. Initially, Congress made no provision for enlistment "for the duration," and many promising young men declined when they learned they would have to sign on for at least four years. Congress rectified this in late May 1917 when it passed legislation authorizing a temporary increase in the service, allowing recruits to join only for the war effort. This poster promises the chance to enlist for the "DURATION OF THE WAR" in bold letters.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA