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Recruitment

Young women were aggressively recruited into active service by advertising posters, like those pictured above and below, and brochures that promised many benefits. The Navy restricted officer training to college graduates and targeted the advertising accordingly. One of the brochures from that time described the WAVES as "an organization of women whose job it is to replace men at shore stations" implying equality of women and men. The two jobs depicted on this page were jobs reserved for men. This was an entirely new stance by the military and attractive to most women, especially educated women. It went on to state that as officers the new recruits would "train at leading colleges" and have "comfortable rooms." The recruits would also receive "free meals" (with no k.p.) and "free clothes" (new uniforms). Additionally they were eligible for "full Navy pay," which was $50 per month with the possibility of a per diem allowance if there were no barracks available. The recognition of their value implicit in this opportunity to serve their country, however, was worth far more than monetary inducements.(63)

 

 

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