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Women's Army Corps

The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was created in May 1942. The initial assignment of the WAACs was to serve at Aircraft Warning Service (AWS) stations. see WAAC.

In the spring of 1943, WAACs became the Women's Army Corps (WAC);

Over 150,000 American women served in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during World War II. Members of the WAC were the first women other than nurses to serve within the ranks of the United States Army.

Both the Army and the American public initially had difficulty accepting the concept of women in uniform.

However, political and military leaders, faced with fighting a two-front war and supplying men and material, while continuing to send lend-lease material to the Allies, realized that women could supply the additional resources so desperately needed in the military and industrial sectors.

Some commanders were relucant to accept women into their units, but by mid-1943 the demand for them far exceeded the numbers available.

Given the opportunity to make a major contribution to the national war effort, women seized it. By the end of the war their contributions would be widely heralded.

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