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The Story of You in Navy Blue - WAVES Recruitment Brochure

Front Cover, The Story Of You In Navy Blue - WAVES Recruitment Brochure - Serve in the Navy. Join the WAVES, 27 July 1944.

Front Cover, The Story Of You In Navy Blue - WAVES Recruitment Brochure - Serve in the Navy. Join the WAVES, 27 July 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0409879f

The story of you in Navy blue is the story of the thousands of other women who serve their country and their flag as part of the United States Navy.

WAVES on Parade In Passing

WAVES on Parade in Passing. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a043243ea

A great service to your country ....

Women in the Navy have proved their ability in more than 200 different kinds of work. Every job they do is vital to the successful operation of the world's mightiest fleet.

Naval operations are expanding. New ships are being launched daily to win the way to final victory in the Pacific. The Navy needs more men than ever before to fight at sea.

This means more work onshore — and fewer men available to fill shore billets.

But women can fill these essential posts — and serve them well. That is why you are needed in the Navy now — to share proudly in work that must be done before victory can be ours.

A great opportunity for you ....

As a WAVE in the Navy, you take your place side by side with men and women who have found great satisfaction in the service of their country.

You hold the same ranks or ratings as Navy men — and earn the same good pay, beginning at the equivalent of $141.50 per month, counting food and quarters.

You get training that quickly prepares you for Navy duties and will help you in any job that you may hold in the future. You make new friends. You see new places. You gain new poise and confidence as you learn to face each new challenge with dignity and assurance. You enjoy good health. You have plenty of opportunities for fun and recreation with good companions.

Best of all, you enjoy a new pride and happiness — a wonderful feeling of "belonging" that comes from being with the people who are doing all they can to win the war and bring our boys home sooner.

The following pages show how WAVES work and live, the jobs they do, their training, the places they may go. Read about them —and see what's ahead for you as a woman serving in the Navy.

WAVES may now volunteer for service at Naval stations outside the United States in the American area and the territories of Hawaii and Alaska. Specific service requirements must be met before you may be considered eligible.

WAVES ARE WORKING IN IMPORTANT JOBS LIKE THESE...

Wave Test Pilot

WAVE Test Pilot. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a043a7cf4

TEST PILOT. This WAVE from Detroit serves as a "test pilot" in a Navy Yard wind tunnel. It's her job to investigate the effect of wind stress on models of our new Navy warplanes.

Waves at New York Naval Air Station

WAVES at the New York Naval Air Station. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0462d4f4

Yeoman. AT A GREAT Naval Air Station in New York, these WAVES have taken over important clerical work. Not only are they doing work they know and enjoy, but they are learning a great deal about Naval Aviation.

WAVE Pharamicist Mate at Naval Hospital

WAVE Pharamicist Mate at Naval Hospital. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a05b4c6d1

X-RAY EYES! At the new Naval Hospital near Washington this Pharmacist's Mate has just developed an X-ray plate which will determine whether the patient needs further medical care.

WAVE Telegrapher

WAVE Telegrapher. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a05cafbdc

THRILLING MOMENT! This WAVE Telegrapher is receiving dispatches direct from the battle fleet. She's an important link between the men who plan strategy ashore and those who carry it out at sea.

WAVE Parachute Rigger

WAVE Parachute Rigger. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a04afe6b0

PARACHUTE RIGGER! This is the girl brave Navy fliers thank when they "hit the silk." She guards the lives of heroes now —will use her Navy-learned skill in a civilian air job after victory.

WAVE Photographer

WAVE Photographer. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a051569dc

PHOTOGENIC PHOTOG! She was a civilian photographer, so the Navy quickly assigned her to the photo section of the Hydrographic Office. Now she's learning even more about her profession.

WAVE Weather Girl at Anacostia NAS

WAVE Weather Girl at Anacostia NAS. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a062cc51c

FAIR WEATHER "MAN." This seaman from Florida loves her job at the Naval Air Station at Anacostia. She checks the weather board, which indicates flying conditions at Navy fields all over the country.

WAVE Instructs Aviation Cadet in a Link Trainer.

WAVE Instructs Aviation Cadet in a Link Trainer. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a06740835

THIS WAVE INSTRUCTS an Aviation Cadet in a Link Trainer. Today, he's flying on instruments in a plane that never leaves the ground. Tomorrow, this instruction will bring him back alive.

YOU SHARE VITAL RESPONSIBILITY SIDE BY SIDE WITH MEN OF THE NAVY

WAVE Air Traffic Controller at Floyd Bennett Field.

WAVE Air Traffic Controller at Floyd Bennett Field. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0695f86a

"CLEARED TO LAND." This WAVE handles the exciting job of routing air traffic at Floyd Bennett Field near New York. Here, she orders a plane to land, as another WAVE checks the execution of her orders.

WAVE Is Admiral Kings' Yeoman - Secretary and Receiptionist

WAVE is Admiral Kings' Yeoman - Secretary and Receiptionist. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a069e6ce3

ADMIRAL'S YEOMAN. In the office of Admiral King, Commander in Chief, a WAVE secretary-receptionist takes dictation from the Admiral's aide. She's right on deck where big decisions are made.

WAVE Sends Orders to Naval Bases.

WAVE Sends Orders to Naval Bases. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a06adb238

CALLING KEY WEST! Here a WAVE shares with a Radioman the vital task of sending orders to Naval bases. WAVES are capably taking over communication jobs, working closely with Navy men.

WAVES Teach Free Gunnery to Flier.

WAVES Teach Free Gunnery to Flier. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a06b8bf39

"READY ... AIM ... FIRE!" Yes, WAVES teach gunnery. This girl is instructing a flier in free gunnery. Using movies of enemy planes, she teaches him to "shoot them down" with a beam-of-light gun.

WAVE in the Hospital Corps

WAVE in the Hospital Corps. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a06cb9853

EMERGENCY! A New York WAVE applies an emergency dressing to an injured sailor. Many responsible women have taken over the work of Pharmacist's Mates and Hospital Apprentices in the Hospital Corps.

WAVE Checking Fliers In and Out at the Field.

WAVE Checking Fliers In and Out at the Field. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a06ef8883

LOGGING IN A PILOT. This air - minded WAVE loves her job of checking the fliers in and out at the field. She's looking forward to using her Navy experience in a post-war job.

WAVES Perform Confidential Work at Naval Communication Centers.

WAVES Perform Confidential Work at Naval Communication Centers. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a07862cac

WAVES SHARE with enlisted men much of the confidential work of Naval Communications. This is one of the most vital and necessary branches of the Naval service.

WAVES in Aviation as Machinist's Mates.

WAVES in Aviation as Machinist's Mates. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a07cddb82

WAVES IN AVIATION know their planes from the ground up. Many of these Aviation Machinist's Mates knew nothing about aircraft when they enlisted in the WAVES, but the Navy taught them,

MEN WHO ONCE HELD THESE JOBS NOW ARE FREE TO FIGHT AT SEA

Microfilm Editing Performed by WAVE at Anacostia.

Microfilm Editing Performed by WAVE at Anacostia. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a083bb9db

FILM EDITOR. This WAVE has taken over the fascinating work of editing microfilm at Anacostia. It's a responsible job that calls for keen judgment sharpened by Navy training.

WAVE Carries Important Dispatches by Scooter at Lakehurst, NJ.

WAVE Carries Important Dispatches by Scooter at Lakehurst, NJ. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a08a6b65a

IN HER SPEEDY little scooter, this Seaman carries important dispatches to and from the blimp hangars at Lakehurst, N. J. This is but one of the many duties performed by Seamen at shore establishments.

WAVE Radio Women at Floyd Bennett Field

WAVE Radio Women at Floyd Bennett Field. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a08e58182

RADIO-WOMEN. Never a dull day for the WAVES who run the radio room at Floyd Bennett Field. The keys of their radio typewriters tap out a steady stream of dispatches vital to our ships and planes.

WAVE Storekeeper was Formerly a Store Buyer.

WAVE Storekeeper was Formerly a Store Buyer. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a092ad2f8

A FORMER STORE BUYER, this girl found her job as Storekeeper made to order. "Storekeeping may not sound exciting," she says, "but it is in the Navy. I'm proud to help my country by working at it."

WAVE Switchboard Operator.

WAVE Switchboard Operator. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a093904b9

OVER HER SWITCHBOARD pass important calls from every part of the country. Her training as a telephone operator was her passport to a job in the Navy, doing work with which she is familiar.

WAVE Uses Aldis Gun to Flash Signals to Navy Pilot.

WAVE Uses Aldis Gun to Flash Signals to Navy Pilot. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a093e991d

BRINGING HIM IN "on the beam." This WAVE uses an Aldis gun to flash signals to a Navy pilot coming in for a night landing. Her post is proof that challenging jobs are open to non-rated WAVES.

WAVE Creates Cartoons for Training Sailors.

WAVE Creates Cartoons for Training Sailors. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a09d7a5b0

HOLLYWOOD to Washington. She used to work in the movies. Now she is a WAVE making cartoons used in training the Navy's fighting men. Whatever your experience, it will be valuable to you and to the Navy.

WAVE Assigned to Navy's Bureau of Ordnance.

WAVE Assigned to Navy's Bureau of Ordnance. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a09f5e20f

LIKE FATHER. Daughter of a Navy lieutenant, this girl also joined to serve in Navy blue. An expert in operating IBM machines, she qualified for an office assignment in the Navy's Bureau of Ordnance.

Admiral Ernest J. King and WAVES Captain Mildred McAfee.

Admiral Ernest J. King and WAVES Captain Mildred McAfee. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a09f7c5e5

Commander in Chief Greets WAVES' Captain. On the second anniversary of the WAVES, July 30, 1944, Admiral Ernest J. King, Commander in Chief, U. S. Fleet, and Chief of Naval Operations, greets Captain Mildred H. McAfee, director of the Women's Reserve, with hearty congratulations to the women of the Navy for a job well done.

PRESIDENT AND TOP NAVY MEN SALUTE THE WAVES

Salute to the WAVES by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, E. J. King, and C. W. Nimintz.

Salute to the WAVES by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, E. J. King, and C. W. Nimintz. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0a2570fe

"History will record that the WAVES fulfilled a great purpose. In 500 shore establishments of the fleet, women in uniform took over the work of Navy men. They released enough of them from non-combatant duty to man all our landing craft in two important operations: the Normandy landing on June 6 and the invasion of Saipan on June 15. The Women's Reserve will continue to speed the victory day by the efficient performance of vital duties ashore."

-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President of the United States

"In two years, the Women's Reserve has become a vital part of the United States Navy. These women volunteers have won the admiration and warm approval of the entire service. WAVES are skilled in numerous and varied Naval activities directly connected with Winning the war. Their military discipline, enthusiastic spirit, and efficient performance of duty have been thoroughly proved."

-- Admiral Ernest J. King, USN

"Waves are busily doing jobs which help substantially in the prosecution of our war against Japan. To them will be owed a part of the credit for eventual victory. As an integral part of the Navy, the WAVES have demonstrated keen ability, loyalty, and devotion to duty in their two years. We are proud of them."

-- Admiral Chester W. Nimintz, U. S. N.

What Happens When You Join the WAVES

Becoming a WAVE, Step 1: Procure Application Blank.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 1: Procure Application Blank. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0a3708a4

First, Go or Write to the nearest Navy Recruiting Station or the Office of Naval Officer Procurement for Application Blanks. Give the Information Required, and Return Papers to Office of Origin.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 2: Interview and Aptitute Test.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 2: Interview and Aptitute Test. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0a65a860

If your application papers are satisfactory, you'll receive free transportation to the nearest Office of Naval Officer Procurement. There you'll be interviewed and take the simple aptitude test.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 3: The Physical Exam by Navy Doctors.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 3: The Physical Exam by Navy Doctors. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0b194542

Then comes a physical check-up by Navy doctors. Requirements are thorough but not too difficult. Any young woman in sound health should be able to pass the examination with flying colors.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 4: "Swearing In" for Service in the US Navy.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 4: "Swearing In" for Service in the US Navy. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0bc3ab20

It's a thrilling moment when you raise your right hand and are "sworn in." From then on, you're in the service of Uncle Sam, ready to do a man-size job for your country!

Becoming a WAVE, Step 5: Leave for Training School.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 5: Leave for Training School. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0bd7b45b

Off for training school! The Navy takes care of all expenses. Transportation. Meals in the dining car. And you'll find comfortable quarters ready for you when you arrive.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 6: Dressed in Navy Blues.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 6: Dressed in Navy Blues. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0c4612f1

Yes, it's really you! You'll feel proud — and rightly so — when you first see yourself in trim Navy blues. Complete outfit—$200 worth of clothing — is furnished you free as an enlisted WAVE.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 7: Reporting to Your First Duty Station.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 7: Reporting to Your First Duty Station. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0c88551f

Before you report to your first duty station you will learn about the Navy at a training school and become familiar with its history, customs and procedures.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 8: Recreation with Friendly Companions.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 8: Recreation with Friendly Companions. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0cac7a21

At training school you'll follow an interesting schedule. Athletics, games, recreation with friendly companions are yours to enjoy in addition to the valuable training under expert Navy teachers.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 9: Duty Assignment at Navy Shore Station.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 9: Duty Assignment at Navy Shore Station. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0cf9c0a5

And now — a full-fledged member of the service you go on duty at a Navy shore station. You'll be in the thick of all that's exciting and important in America at war.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 10: Recognition and Salutes.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 10: Recognition and Salutes. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0d4105b4

Yes, your salute will be recognized even by an Admiral. And you deserve recognition! For yours is a big job — a service to your country you will be proud of the rest of your life.

Physical Health is Important to WAVES.

Physical Health is Important to WAVES. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0d8a4592

YOU'LL LOOK BETTER and feel better. Physical health is as important to the WAVES who serve on shore as to the sailors who serve at sea.

AT RECRUIT SCHOOL, a friendly interviewer discusses your qualifications and helps determine your aptitudes for various Navy billets where you are needed.

KNOW YOUR SHIPS — The WAVES quickly learn the lines of a battleship, the functions of a destroyer ... how many guns on a cruiser.

GOOD FOOD AND PLENTY OF IT! These WAVES enjoy a meal of steak, potatoes, salad, string beans, milk and watermelon—paid for by the Navy.

New friends.. new interests.. a new life

From the moment you step out in your smart Navy blues, you step into a brand-new experience. It's a busy, crowded life. The work is often hard. But it's fun — always interesting. And from the day you begin training, you'll be living side by side with other girls in Navy blue, girls from every part of the country, women of the Navy you'll be glad to call your friends.

At Recruit School you'll get into the swing of real Navy life. You'll learn Navy language and traditions. You'll march to stirring rhythms, share the thrill of passing in review with colors flying. You'll be "toned up" mentally and physically. You'll share interesting experiences with others and enjoy that fine spirit of companionship which goes with you everywhere in the service.

First days at Recruit School ....

During indoctrination you'll live the life of a regular Navy recruit. It is an experience you will treasure all your life. You will attend classes, study, drill, and, most important, be interviewed to determine your experience and scope of service in the Navy for which you are best suited. You'll also serve your turn at messenger or mess detail or any other chore which must be done to make the "ship" sail smoothly. It's a crowded schedule, but it also leaves time for sports and recreation and for a week-end "shore leave."

When you finish Recruit School, you and your "shipmates" will look and act like full-fledged seamen. You'll be "in the Navy now" — ready for your next assignment.

SEVEN MEN ON A RAFT waited 14 days for rescue. On the 15th day a plane spotted them and dropped a supply kit. Until another plane picked them up, that kit alone saved them from starvation and death. The kit was packed and prepared by women of the Navy.

Picture Yourself in These Smart Navy Uniforms

Smart Navy Uniforms for the WAVES.

Smart Navy Uniforms for the WAVES. (Clockwise from the top) Light-Weight Whites for Summer Dress; Summer Gray-And-White Seersucker Shirtwaist Dress and Jacket; Blue Work Smock; Attractive raincoat and rainproof havelock; and a Navy blue wool winter uniform. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0d95cf75

It's a proud moment when you first step out in brand new Navy blues. The trim, smart uniform was especially designed to flatter every figure and make you look—and feel—your best.

When you arrive at recruit school as an enlisted WAVE, you will be provided with an allowance of $200 for uniforms and other clothing. The official uniform consists of "everything that shows," except shoes and gloves. The cost — about $170 —is paid from the $200 allowance. The balance of about $30 is given you for shoes, underclothing and anything else you may need.

After one year's service you will get $50 a year for clothing replacements.

The regular uniform for enlisted WAVES consists of the following articles:

  • Soft hat, rolled brim, black band.
  • Navy blue wool suit. Jacket has slightly built-up shoulders, rounded collar and pointed lapel. Flattering six-gored skirt.
  • Optional Summer white dress uniform same design.
  • White and Navy blue shirts.
  • Black and reserve blue seaman's ties. Over-shoulder black leather bag. Cool, gray-and-white, pin-striped seersucker work uniform for summer. White gloves and black gloves. Beige hose.
  • Black oxfords (heels not over 1 1/2") or optional pumps (heels not over 2"). Rainproof havelock and raincoat. Optional Overcoat.
  • Blue denim work coverall, slacks or reserve blue smock — for special jobs.

YOU'LL HAVE GOOD TIME: WITH GOOD COMPANIONS

Waves at the Saturday Night Dance.

Waves at the Saturday Night Dance. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0dda8603

SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE. At many stations the Saturday night dance has become traditional. Navy music, Navy men, and good friends all around you contribute to evenings that you will remember always.

WAVES Enjoy Singing Together

Waves Enjoy Singing Together. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0dfb0c27

ANCHORS AWEIGH! WAVES enjoy singing together . . . gather round the piano often. Familiar songs quickly make girls feel at home with new faces and new places.

WAVES Enjoy Recreational Facilities at a Navy Station.

WAVES Enjoy Recreational Facilities at a Navy Station. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0e12642c

LIKE TO SWIM? There are plenty of recreational facilities at all Navy stations, and some have swimming pools where WAVES enjoy pleasant hours off duty.

WAVES Enjoy Shore Leave.

WAVES Enjoy Shore Leave. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0e820b56

"SHORE" LEAVE! There's plenty of fun around Navy stations, and plenty of friendly folks who enjoy the same things you do. Here's a typical Navy "crew," all set to go places and do things.

YOU MAY BE ASSIGNED TO DUTY AT ONE OF THESE NAVY STATIONS

WAVE Duty Station - New York City

WAVE Duty Station - New York City. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0eceac57

NEW YORK CITY—an exciting place to work—an exciting place to live. Headquarters of the Third Naval District are located here, with offices in one of Manhattan's most famed skyscrapers.

WAVE Duty Station - Bethesda National Naval Medical Center

WAVE Duty Station - Bethesda National Naval Medical Center. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0f13cf04

BETHESDA — National Naval Medical Center in Maryland. Here many WAVE Hospital Apprentices and Pharmacist's Mates receive their training and help battle-scarred Navy veterans back along the road to a happy, healthy life.

WAVE Duty Station - Great Lakes

WAVE Duty Station - Great Lakes. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0f1f1e3c

GREAT LAKES STATION — on the shores of Lake Michigan outside of Chicago. At this biggest of midwest Naval Training Stations, hundreds of WAVES are relieving bluejackets and officers for fighting jobs with the Fleet.

WAVE Duty Station - Corpus Christi TX

WAVE Duty Station - Corpus Christi TX. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0f302db7

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — one of the greatest of Navy air bases. Here are trained thousands of Navy fliers who'll wear the Navy "Wings of Gold."

WAVE Duty Station - San Diego Naval Base

WAVE Duty Station - San Diego Naval Base. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0f42eefa

SAN DIEGO NAVAL BASE—in sunny Southern California. One of the busiest and most important of Pacific ports, it's the base from which ships and men set sail on their way to fight the Japs.

WAVE Duty Station - Washington DC

WAVE Duty Station - Washington DC. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a0f4fffcf

WASHINGTON, D. C. — the heart of America's war effort. Here are made the decisions; from here flash the orders that send our fleets into action in every part of the world.

WAVES WHO MEET SERVICE REQUIREMENTS MAY VOLUNTEER FOR DUTY OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES

Inspection of WAVES by Commanding Officer.

Inspection of WAVES by Commanding Officer. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a102071e0

EYES FRONT! The C. 0. finds everything "shipshape" as he inspects the WAVES in the Bureau of Ships. Like Navy men, these girls stand Captain's Inspection regularly.

WAVES Enjoy Liberty in New York

WAVES Enjoy Liberty in New York. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a109412ae

LIBERTY — IN NEW YORK! WAVES enjoy week-end liberty in Manhattan. They go sightseeing and visit theaters, museums and famous restaurants.

Relaxing at Home in WAVES Quarters

Relaxing at Home in WAVES Quarters. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a10b5b391

AT HOME! In WAVES' quarters there are pleasant living rooms in which to read, rest, relax, and meet your friends when you are off duty.

Pretty WAVE Stepping Out For An Evening

Pretty WAVE Stepping Out For An Evening. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a10c5c46b

CERTAINLY, WAVES can have dates—with officers, enlisted men or civilians! This pretty WAVE is stepping out for an evening's fun with a friend.

You are assigned to duty!

It's a real thrill when you first report to your duty station. Smartly uniformed, thoroughly trained, you take over your new job knowing you can handle it right — the Navy way.

WAVES hold down some of the most interesting jobs in the service. Perhaps you fill a billet as secretary to a top-ranking Naval officer. Perhaps you are a Link Trainer instructor teaching future Navy pilots the principles of instrument flying.

Perhaps you are stationed in the control tower of a great Naval air station directing the take-offs of fliers going on patrol. Perhaps you may be in the Hospital Corps, helping administer treatments to battle casualties.

Or you may be a mail clerk, helping to speed letters to the fleet in the war zones. Camouflaging planes, delivering important dispatches, and working on battle maps are a few of the jobs to enlisted women.

Whatever your duties, you carry the same responsibilities, exchange salutes, and command the same respect as any other member of the uniformed forces.

Where will you serve?

Like any member of the Navy, you will be assigned to duty where you are most needed. Among the possibilities are Miami, San Diego, Norfolk, Washington, D. C., Boston, Chicago, the airbases at Corpus Christi, Pensacola, and Jacksonville, one of the Naval hospitals, or any other Naval shore establishment in the U.S.A.

Volunteers may also be assigned to Hawaii, Alaska, and Naval activities in the American area, including Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal Zone, and Latin America.

Though the Navy cannot promise you assignment in any particular place, you may be assured that your duty station will be where the Navy needs you most and wherever you go, you'll be part of a Navy community. You'll feel at home with your kind of people — Navy men and women you'll be proud to call your friends.

How will you live?

Your living and eating quarters will depend on where you are stationed. At most Naval bases, there are quarters specially built for WAVES. In some large cities, WAVES make their own housing arrangements. And, of course, in this case, you get an extra allowance to pay for your meals and rooms.

WAVE Assigned to Naval Hospital.

WAVE Assigned to Naval Hospital. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a11063b37

HOSPITAL CORPS. This WAVE qualified for assignment to a Naval hospital. She'll work with men of the Hospital Corps, restoring health to the sick and wounded.

WAVE "Weather Girls" at Lakehurst NAS.

WAVE "Weather Girls" at Lakehurst NAS. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a11411974

NAVY "WEATHER GIRLS" at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station chart wind currents with the aid of a special weather balloon. The information they gather makes flying safer.

WAVE Instructors at Navy Gunnery Training School.

WAVE Instructors at Navy Gunnery Training School. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a11423092

WAVES TEACH SAILORS. On the range at one of the Navy's gunnery training schools WAVES instruct male marksmen who will later man the guns in fighting planes.

WAVE Radiomen Send and Receive Urgent Communications.

WAVE Radiomen Send and Receive Urgent Communications. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a116598a3

RADIOMEN are playing an important part in winning the war by sending and receiving urgent communications from Naval activities.

Many Waves enjoy better incomes than they earned in civilian life

You enlist in the WAVES as an Apprentice Seaman at $50 a month. Not high by civilian standards. But remember that $50 is just your beginning pay — it's only your base pay — and it's all yours because all your living expenses are paid. You get good food, comfortable quarters, the finest medical and dental care, and $200 worth of clothing — all free.

And in those cases where government food and quarters are not provided, you get the equivalent in cash allowances — $1.80 a day for food, $1.25 a day for quarters — a total of $91.50 a month. So your beginning base pay of $50 becomes $141.50. A pretty good starting salary in any job!

"Extras" you are entitled to

Under the present income tax law, no enlisted WAVE is required to pay a tax on her Navy income because of a special exemption granted to armed forces members. You can buy life insurance at low government rates. And, like any other member of the uniformed services, you will get the privileges of free mail, reduced rates on transportation, theatre tickets where granted, and you may benefit from USO, Red Cross, and Navy Relief.

You are entitled to all allowances or benefits available to men, except that husbands cannot be considered as dependents. Provisions for postwar benefits for veterans apply to women and men.

The Navy wants you to become skilled in your job. As vacancies occur, you can use your training and experience to compete for more advanced ratings.

If you join the Navy as an enlisted man's wife, you are still eligible for a family allowance, even though you are an armed forces member.

YOUR PAY AS A NAVY WAVE

Your Pay as a Navy Wave.

Your Pay as a Navy Wave. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a10eda4cb

WAVES Go Home on Leave.

WAVES Go Home on Leave. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a120229ae

HOME ON LEAVE — trim in your Navy blues! The folks beam. They're proud of your work, proud of your uniform and proud of the way you walk and look.

WAVES Attending a Religious Service on Sunday.

WAVES Attending a Religious Service on Sunday. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a124b5ab1

WAVES look forward to Sunday at a Naval Station. The chapel service, with the choir and familiar music, is just like going to church back home.

Your family will be proud of you —your friends will look up to you

You couldn't ask for a bigger thrill than a girl gets when she comes back home on leave wearing her smart Navy uniform. Your friends crowd around. Your folks beam with pride. They all want to know where you've been, what you've done. And do you have stories to tell!

You're proud. And you should be! You're not sitting this war out on the sidelines. You're in it, helping to win it — and all your friends realize it.

Your parents are proud, too. The Navy receives hundreds of enthusiastic letters from mothers and fathers of Navy women. They speak in glowing terms of the splendid training their girls are getting in the WAVES and of the exemplary life they're leading.

Here are some typical comments:

"I've never seen my daughter look or feel so well in her life. Her WAVES training has done wonders for her, and her Dad and I are mighty proud."—Mrs. Douglas McGinnis, Stockton, Calif.

"Polly is very happy as a WAVE. Due to the splendid training routine, she is at her best physically, and her spirits are very high."—Mrs. R. B. Dibble, (Yeoman/F, World War I), Cambridge, Mass.

"We feel that aside from giving our daughter an opportunity to serve our country that the Navy is giving her a training and education that will be invaluable to her in later life.' —Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Taylor, New Orleans, La.

"Margaret says, 'I am thrilled with my job. My work is exciting and tremendously interesting. No dollar value could possibly compensate for my wonderful experience with the Waves.' Personally, I think it is a perfectly splendid opportunity for any young woman, and I am proud that Margaret wanted to join the armed services and do her part in time of war."—Mrs. W. L. Lucas, Richmond, Va.

"We're so glad that Peggy can still go to the same church she always has. As president of the Twin Cities WAVES Mothers Club, I know other parents feel the same way."—Mrs. Louis F. Shaw, St. Paul, Minn.

Insignia Worn by Navy Men and Women

WAVE Seamen and Petty Officers -- Men and Women.

WAVE Seamen and Petty Officers -- Men and Women. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a12503399

With the promotion from Apprentice Seaman to Seaman, Second Class, at the end of recruit training, a WAVE is entitled to wear on her left sleeve the two diagonal stripes for Seaman Second Class. Three stripes designate Seaman, First Class.

Rating badges, consisting of eagle, chevrons and specialty mark, are worn on sleeve between shoulder and elbow. Specialty mark changes with job. Badges are red and white on blue uniforms; blue on white uniforms.

Officers -- Men and Women

WAVE Naval Officer Sleeve Insignia.

WAVE Naval Officer Sleeve Insignia. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a12a4bff2

Officers are identified by rank stripes at the base of their sleeves. Reserve blue stripes for women, gold for men. (Left to right: Ensign, Lieutenant (jg), Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander.) Navy women may hold ranks up through that of Captain. Staff corps officers wear designated corps insignia instead of star on sleeves.

Jobs that women of the Navy handle as well as the men

SEAMEN—Among the many jobs that WAVE seamen perform are the following :

  • Bookkeeper
  • Typist
  • File clerk
  • Key punch operator
  • Comptometer operator
  • Mechanical draftsman
  • Statistical draftsman
  • Statistical clerk
  • Cartographer
  • Research assistant
  • Librarian
  • Receptionist
  • Escort and messenger
  • Teletype operator
  • Switchboard operator
  • Mimeograph operator
  • Multilith operator
  • Offset press operator
  • Assistant printer
  • Photo lithographer
  • Photostat operator
  • Photographer
  • Developer of negatives
  • Photograph printer
  • Copy camera operator
  • Photograph enlarger
  • Musical copyist
  • Assistant master-at-arms in barracks
  • Line assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Chauffeur
  • Laundry worker
  • Commercial artist
  • Electrical draftsman
  • Accountant
  • Film projectionist
  • Linotype operator
  • Publications assembly worker
  • General office worker
  • Veritypist
  • Ship's service clerk
  • Elevator operator

PETTY OFFICERS — WAVE seamen may compete for petty officer ratings in any of the specialties listed below.

Aerographer's Mate, Aviation Machinist's Mate, and Aviation Metalsmith.

Aerographer's Mate, Aviation Machinist's Mate, and Aviation Metalsmith. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a12d35fb4

AEROGRAPHER'S MATE

Duties: Direct installation of Naval meteorological observatory ashore. Make upper air soundings. Compute pilot balloon soundings. Make weather observations. Draw weather charts. Read weather codes.

AVIATION MACHINIST'S MATE

Duties: Assemble and service airplanes and airplane engines. Splice aircraft wiring. Manufacture small parts. Know principles and theory of flying. Do seamanship work necessary to airplane ground work.

AVIATION METALSMITH

Duties: Make repairs to airplane metalwork, such as radiators, pipe connections, instruments and joints. Forge, braze, weld, electroplate, bend pipe. Use welding outfits, hand and power wood-working tools.

Baker, Ship's Cook, Parachute Rigger, Pharmacist's Mate, Radioman, Specialist (G), and Specialist (I).

Baker, Ship's Cook, Parachute Rigger, Pharmacist's Mate, Radioman, Specialist (G), and Specialist (I). The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a13461e2b

BAKER

Duties: Bake read, rolls, cakes, pies and simple pastries, operate ovens and all baking apparatus. Know the functions of vitamins and their source in various foodstuffs.

SHIP'S COOK

Duties: Supervise and prepare food for cooking. Operate all cooking apparatus. Inspect provisions—plan menus. Be responsible for food storage—estimate provisions. Take charge of the galley.

PARACHUTE RIGGER

Duties: Pack and repair parachutes. Care and handling of fabrics. Operation of a sewing machine. Know about rigging and the use of cargo chutes—knowledge of life-saving equipment used in aviation.

PHARMACIST'S MATE

Duties: Do minor surgery and first aid; prepare and administer simple medicines. Have basic knowledge of anatomy, medicines, hygiene, nursing, clerical forms, and procedures. Account for hospital and medical supplies.

RADIOMAN

Duties: Operate Navy radio equipment. Send and receive on all frequencies used by the Navy. Encipher and decipher Navy code messages. Adjust and repair radio direction finders and sound equipment.

SPECIALIST (G)

Duties: Instruct in aviation free gunnery or anti-aircraft gunnery on synthetic gunnery devices and participate in the classroom as instructor's assistant.

SPECIALIST (I)

Duties: Operate, wire, and service electric accounting machines or other punched card accounting machines.

Specialist (M), Specialist (P), Specialist (s), Specialist (Y), Storekeeper, Telegrapher, and Yeoman.

Specialist (M), Specialist (P), Specialist (s), Specialist (Y), Storekeeper, Telegrapher, and Yeoman. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a1375e1b1

SPECIALIST (M)

Duties: Perform all mail services required to operate order business, registry service, a Navy post office, including money transactions, stamp sales, and handling of insured mails.

SPECIALIST (P)

Duties: Photographers. Mix and handle photographic chemicals. Check and repair cameras. Do photomicrography. Operate motion picture cameras. Cut and edit motion pictures.

SPECIALIST (S)

Duties: Serve as Master-at-Arms at stations. Assist officers in discipline, cleanliness of barracks, the promulgation of orders, recreation, physical education, enforcement of fire precautions.

SPECIALIST (Y)

Duties: Control tower operators. Direct take-offs and Stations through radio landings of planes from control towers of Naval Air and traffic light gun. Keep track of the arrival and departure of aircraft.

STOREKEEPER

Duties: Issue stock. Store, record, report, requisition, and invoice stocks. Issue and account for clothing and minor purchases. Know pay and allowances, general accounting forms, and procedures.

TELEGRAPHER

Duties: Operate teletype in the communications office, know Morse telegraphy, telegraph and cable codes, Navy regulations on communications and security.

YEOMAN

Duties: Take dictation. Prepare reports. Operate duplicating machines. Use Navy filing system. Keep personnel records. Handle routine details of enlistments, discharges, transfers, promotions.

MOST WOMEN 20-36 CAN MEET THESE REQUIREMENTS

Check your qualifications for enlistment

TERM OF ENLISTMENT—You will enlist for the duration of the war and up to 6 months thereafter.

CHARACTER —The Navy wants women of good character. When you enlist you will be asked to furnish three references.

CITIZENSHIP—You must be a native-born American, or if you are not native-born, you or your parents must have naturalization papers. You must show written proof of citizenship when you apply.

AGE—On the date of enlistment, you must be at least 20 years old and not yet have reached your 36th birthday. If you are under 21, you must have the written consent of your parents or guardian.

MARRIAGE—A married woman may enlist in the WAVES, provided her husband is not a Commissioned Officer in the Navy in the rank of Ensign or above. You may not marry while you are at Recruit School. In special cases permission may be granted to marry during specialist's training. However, after this training is over there are no marriage restrictions whatever.

DEPENDENTS—Women with children under 18 will not be accepted in the WAVES.

EDUCATION—You must have at least two years of high school or business school.

ENLISTED QUALIFICATION TEST—You must make a satisfactory score on the simple aptitude test.

EXPERIENCE—You will be asked to submit a record of your occupation since leaving school.

PHYSICAL—You must be able to pass a physical examination to show you are in sound health.

HEIGHT—You must be at least 5 feet.

WEIGHT—Your weight must be in proportion to your general body build.

EYES—Eyes must be correctable with glasses to 20/20 vision.

HEARING—You must be able to distinguish whispered words at 15 feet.

TEETH — Natural teeth must be in sound condition, or you must have satisfactory replacements.

PRESENT EMPLOYMENT—Women employed by the Federal Government or in certain essential war industries, or who have voluntarily terminated such employment within 60 days, will not be accepted for the WAVES without a release from their employer or a certificate of availability from the U. S. Employment Service or the Joint Army-Navy Personnel Board.

WAVE OFFICERS

WAVE Qualifications for Women's Reserve Officers of the Navy.

WAVE Qualifications for Women's Reserve Officers of the Navy. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a1376bc81

Women's Reserve officers handle responsible jobs as administrative assistants, personnel officers, office managers, accountants, chemists, physicists, and medical specialists. Many serve in fields of communications, disbursing, and supply. They have the same rank, pay, and privileges as male officers.

In keeping with the Navy's current policy of selecting from qualified enlisted personnel, most women officers are now chosen from enlisted personnel who meet specific service requirements. Exceptions are physicians, dentists, Officer certain other specialists who can be secured only from civilian life. Officer candidates are trained at a Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School.

Some of the requirements include a degree from an accredited college, or two years of college plus at least two years of acceptable business or professional experience, and a satisfactory score on the Officers' Qualification Test. Physical requirements, in general, are the same as for enlisted WAVES, except that minimum vision in each eye is 12/20, correctable to 20/20.

Women who meet these qualifications may apply for officer training after six months' service with the recommendation of their commanding officers. Others may apply under regulations issued periodically. It calls for hard work and demonstrated leadership, but although monthly quotas are limited, it is a goal well worth trying for.

Any questions about the WAVES?

You'll find the answers here!

Q. As a WAVE will I be expected to serve outside the United States?

A. Volunteers only, who meet service requirements, may be assigned outside the continental limits of the United States in the American area and the territories of Hawaii and Alaska.

Q. What is the term of enlistment?

A. For the duration of the war and up to six months thereafter.

Q. May I resign?

A. In wartime, resignations are discouraged. A letter to your Commanding Officer, requesting discharge and stating your reasons, will be forwarded for consideration. However, unless an emergency has arisen since you joined the service, it is unlikely that your request will be granted.

Q. If I am under 20 and my parents consent, can I enlist?

A. No. By law the minimum age is 20.

Q. If I get a low score in the aptitude test, will I be disqualified?

A. Not necessarily. The aptitude test is considered in connection with your school and business record.

Q. If I have no special training, will I be eligible?

A. Yes. In addition to women with specialized training, the WAVES definitely want women of high calibre but no special training.

Q. Am I on active duty as soon as I am sworn in?

A. Not necessarily. You may be told to report home on inactive duty to await further orders. The term of inactive duty prior to indoctrination will not be long.

Q. When does my pay begin?

A. The day you report to training school.

Q. Should I quit my old job as soon as I am sworn in?

A. No. Do not resign until you are ordered to training school.

Q. Do all enlisted women start as Apprentice Seamen?

A. Yes, but after successfully completing the basic training you become a Seaman or Hospital Apprentice, Second Class. You may work for a rating when vacancies occur at your active duty station later in your Navy career. Your promotion depends on vacancies and your own ability and length of service.

Q. May I later change the type of work I am doing?

A. You may request a change of duty, which will be considered solely on the basis of whether or not it will better serve the interests of the Navy.

Q. Do I pay my own way to training school?

A. No. Your transportation is paid by the Navy.

Q. Can an enlisted woman request duty in a particular field — for instance, radio — even if she has had no previous experience in that field?

A. Yes. But it cannot be guaranteed that the request will be granted.

Q. When do I get my uniform?

A. After you arrive at training school. However, you should bring enough civilian clothing for a week or two.

Q. What will my hours be at training school?

A. The hours will depend on the school you attend. However, they will be on a military basis. Reveille, taps, etc.

Q. Will there be organized exercise?

A. Yes. There will be a physical director at each school, and the athletic program will be keyed to the type of work you will do.

Q. Will I get free mail privileges, discounts on transportation, movies, etc.? Will I benefit from USO, Red Cross, Navy Relief, etc.?

A. Yes, on the same basis as male members of the armed services.

Q. Do I get the same income tax exemptions as men in the armed forces?

A. Yes.

Q. May I wear make-up?

A. Yes, a reasonable amount.

Q. Must hair be cut short or worn in any particular style?

A. You may wear it in any style that is becoming to you, but it should be short enough not to cover your collar.

Q. Will there be religious services?

A. Yes. Each training school makes appropriate arrangements.

Q. Am I allowed to have dates during recruit training?

A. Yes, during week-end leave.

Q. What about recreation?

A. At every station there are officers charged with the responsibility of welfare and recreation of WAVES assigned to that activity.

Q. What papers would it be helpful for a candidate to start obtaining as soon as she decides she would like to join the WAVES?

A.

  1. Evidence of citizenship—birth or baptismal certificate.
  2. Transcript of your educational record.
  3. Record of occupation since leaving school.
  4. Names of three references, responsible citizens who know you. If you are applying for a commission, three letters of recommendation.
  5. Marriage certificate, if married. Divorce papers if divorced.

Q. What supervision will there be over my living quarters?

A. Wherever WAVES live in groups, they will be adequately supervised, and proper living standards will be maintained. Where girls live individually, the Navy will recommend suitable quarters.

Q. Are wives of servicemen eligible for the WAVES?

A. Yes—except wives of Navy men of the rank of Ensign or higher.

Q. Does the wife of an enlisted man continue to get her family allowance when she joins the WAVES?

A. Yes.

Q. Will I be permitted to marry after recruit training or indoctrination?

A. Yes. If you become pregnant, you will be honorably discharged.

Q. May I request duty at any particular Naval Station?

A. Yes, but your request may or may not be granted.

Q. Will I have free time for liberty, leaves and dates after I am assigned to a duty station?

A. Yes. The amount of free time will be determined by the work you are doing. You will also have some leisure time every day.

Q. What is the difference between the uniform of an enlisted woman and that of an officer?

A. Little difference — except for hat, gold buttons instead of blue, and officer stripes and stars on sleeves.

How to apply for the WAVES

  1. FIRST, go in person or write to the nearest Navy Recruiting Station and ask for WAVES application blanks. Or, if more convenient, you may go or write to the nearest Office of Naval Officer Procurement.
  2. IF YOU WRITE, fill out the blank below. Be sure to give all information requested. Mail blank to the nearest Navy Office. You will find address on the following pages.
  3. IF YOU APPEAR TO QUALIFY on the basis of the information you give, you will receive an official application blank and other necessary papers. Fill in all the information requested about your qualifications, get your properly filled out health report form and return all papers to the office from which you secured them. If you are applying for a commission, you will need three letters of recommendation.
  4. IF YOUR APPLICATION is accepted, you will be sent—with transportation paid—to the nearest Office of Naval Officer Procurement for an interview, aptitude test and your Navy physical examination. If you pass these successfully, you will be sworn in — ready to serve your country as a woman of the Navy. If you do not qualify, transportation will be paid to your home.

FIND NEAREST NAVY OFFICE ON FOLLOWING PAGES OR MAIL THIS COUPON FOR APPLICATION BLANK

WAVE Application Blank.

WAVE Application Blank. The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a13967bd2

Back Cover, The Story Of You In Navy Blue - WAVES Recruitment Brochure - Serve in the Navy.

Back Cover, The Story Of You In Navy Blue - WAVES Recruitment Brochure - Serve in the Navy. Join the WAVES, 27 July 1944. GGA Image ID # 1a13dee84c

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