WOMEN FLOCKING TO WAC AND MILITARY SERVICES IN WAKE OF FRENCH LANDING

From the July 6, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON, July 5–Spurred by the Normandy landings, recruiting for the women’s services has soared, and even the WAC is now exceeding its monthly enlistment quota.

The Marine Corps’ Women’s Reserve has reached its quota of 90,000 and future enlistments will be limited to replacements. The WAES are now 75,000 strong, 30 percent over the 1943 total.

Wearing the Orange Lion of the Netherlands as a shoulder patch, Dutch women will train with American WACs at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., for service with the Dutch Indies Army in Australia, the War Department announced meanwhile.

Also announced today was the arrival at Fort Meade, Md. of the first contingent of French women in uniform. The group will be trained by French women officers for liaison work in Allied theaters of operation.

Of the estimated 75,000 women in the WAC, only four are receiving War Department dependency benefits because of dependent husbands, according to Brig. Gen. H.N. Gilbert, Office of Dependency Benefits director.



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