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WAACs Get to Work!

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One such WAC detachment graduates from training at the First WAC Training Center in Fort Des Moines, Iowa. 25 April 1944. Gift of Jane Dickman Schlaht, 2011.124


On 20 July 1942, 70 years ago today, the first group of the newly minted Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps arrived at Fort Des Moines in Iowa to begin their training. They studied management, administration, cartography, military protocol, and other disciplines that would enable them to serve aptly and efficiently. Thousands of women would go on to enlist and serve their country in what would become the fully incorporated Women’s Army Corps, freeing up men for duty overseas.


To learn more about the Women’s Army Corps, click here.


Post by Curator Meg Roussel

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