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The Story Of You In Navy Blue - WAVES Recruitment Brochure

The Story Of You In Navy Blue - WAVES Recruitment Brochure

1944-07-27 The Story Of You In Navy Blue - WAVES Recruitment Brochure - Serve in the Navy. Join the WAVES

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

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 on shore — and fewer men available to fill shore billets.
But women can fill these essential posts — and fill 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 ....

Wave Test Pilot

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 opportunity 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. Certain service requirements must be met before you may be considered eligible.


Waves at New York Naval Air Station

TEST PILOT. This WAVE from Detroit serves as "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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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,


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.

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 Photographer

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

WAVE Pharamicist Mate at Naval Hospital


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.

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.

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.

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 Telegrapher

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.

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."

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.

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.


WAVE Weather Girl at an  acostia NAS

"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 efficient performance of vital duties ashore."

"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. VVAVES are skilled in numerous and varied Naval activities which are directly connected with Winning the war. Their military discipline, enthusiastic spirit and efficient performance of duty have been thoroughly proved."

"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. In their two years as an integral part of the Navy, the WAVES have demonstrated keen ability, loyalty, and devotion to duty. We are proud of them."

WAVE Link Trainer Instructs Aviation Cadet

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.

Admiral, U. S. N.

  1. First, go or write to the nearest Navy Recruiting Station or Office of Naval Officer Procurement for application blanks. Give the information required, and return papers to office of origin.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

New friends.. new interests.. a new life

WAVE Air Traffic Controller

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.

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. First days at Recruit School ....

WAVE Is Admiral Kings' Yeoman - Secretary and Receiptionist

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.

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

WAVE in the Hospital Corps

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.

Light-weight whites for summer dress

Summer gray-and-white seersucker shirtwaist dress and jacket

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.

WAVE Checking Fliers In And Out at the Field

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.
  • 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 11/2") or *pumps (heels not over 2").
    Rainproof havelock and raincoat. *Overcoat.
  • Blue denim work coverall, slacks or reserve blue smock — for special jobs.


  • Navy blue wool winter uniform
  • Attractive raincoat and rainproof havelock
  • Blue work smock


WAVE Semds Orders to Naval Bases

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.

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.
+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.

"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.


WAVES Teach Gunnery to Flier

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.

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.

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.

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — one of the greatest of Navy air SAN DIEGO NAVAL BASE—in sunny Southern California. One WASHINGTON, D. C. — the heart of America's war effort.

bases. Here are trained thousands of Navy fliers who'll wear of the busiest and most important of Pacific ports, it's the base Here are made the decisions; from here flash the orders that the Navy "Wings of Gold." from which ships and men set sail on their way to fight the Japs. send our fleets into action in every part of the world.

WAVES Perform Confidential Work at Naval Communication Centers


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 to 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, working on battle maps, are but a few of the jobs open to enlisted women.

WAVES in Aviation as Machinists Mates

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 air bases 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 to Naval activities in the American area, which includes Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal Zone, and Latin America.

Though you cannot be promised 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 own kind of people — Navy men and women you'll be proud to call your friends.

WAVE Edits Microfilm at Anacostia

How will you live?

Your living and eating quarters will depend on where you are stationed. At most Naval bases there are quarters especially 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.

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

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. 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.

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 Carries Important Dispatches on Scooter

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.
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.

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 !

WAVE Switchboard Operator

"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 members of the armed forces. 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 as well as to 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 the wife of an enlisted man, you are still eligible for a family allowance, notwithstanding the fact that you are a member of the armed forces.

WAVE Uses Aldis Gun to Flash Signals to Navy Pilot


Monthly Food Quarters Total Monthly
RATE • Base Pay Allowance* Allowance* Income
Apprentice Seaman . . .$ 50 $54.00 $37.50 $141.50
Seaman, Second Class . 54 54.00 37.50 145.50
Seaman, First Class . . . . 66 54.00 37.50 157.50
Petty Officer, Third Class . . 78 54.00 37.50 169.50
Petty Officer, Second Class . 96 54.00 37.50 187.50
Petty Officer, First Class . . 114 54.00 37.50 205.50
Chief Petty Officer, 126 54.00 37.50 217.50
Pay Grade 1-A
Pay Grade 1 138 54.00 37.50 229.50

* If food and quarters are not provided by the Navy.

HOME ON LEAVE — trim in your Navy blues! The folks beam. They're proud 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.

of your work, proud of your uniform and proud of the way you walk and look.

WAVE Radio Women at Floyd Bennett Field

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 fine 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.

WAVE Storekeeper

"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

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

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

WAVE Assigned to Navy's Bureau of Ordinace

  • 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.

Admiral Ernest J. King and WAVES Captain Mildred McAfee

Admiral Ernest J. King and WAVES Captain Mildred McAfee


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.

Becoming A WAVE, Step 1


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.


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.

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.)

Becoming A WAVE, Step 2

Navy women may hold ranks up through that of Captain. Staff corps officers wear designated corps insignia instead of star on sleeves.

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.

Officers — Men and Women

WAVE Seamen

Petty Officers — Men and Women

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.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 3

Seaman Second Class


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


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 galley.


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

Becoming a WAVE, Step 4

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.


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.


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


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

Becoming a WAVE, Step 5


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


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


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

Becoming a WAVE, Step 6


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


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.


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

Becoming a WAVE, Step 7


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

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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.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 8

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

Becoming a WAVE, Step 9

TEETH — Natural teeth must be in under 18 will not be accepted in the sound condition, or you must have WAVES. 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.


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, the same and the same pay, privileges as male officers.

In keeping with the Navy's current policy of selecting from qualified enlisted personnel, the majority of women officers now chosen from enlisted personnel who meet certain service require ments. 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.

Becoming a WAVE, Step 10

Some d table of the requirements include a degree from an accredited college, or two years of college plus at least two years of accep business or professional experience, and a satisfactory score on the Officers' Qualification Test. Physical requirements in general are 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 man. are limited, it is a goal well worth trying for.

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

WAVES Physical Training

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.

Q. As a WAVE will I be expected to Q. 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.

WAVES at The Saturday Night Dance

WAVES at The Saturday Night Dance

WAVES Enjoy Singing Together

WAVES Enjoy Singing Together

WAVES Enjoy Recreational Facilities at a Navy Station

WAVES Enjoy Recreational Facilities at a Navy Station

WAVES Enjoy Shore Leave

WAVES Enjoy Shore Leave

WAVE Duty Station - New York City

WAVE Duty Station - New York City

WAVE Duty Station - Bethesda National Naval Medical Center

WAVE Duty Station - Bethesda National Naval Medical Center

WAVE Duty Station - Great Lakes

WAVE Duty Station - Great Lakes

WAVE Duty Station - Corpus Christi TX

WAVE Duty Station - Corpus Christi TX

WAVE Duty Station - San Diego Naval Base

WAVE Duty Station - San Diego Naval Base

WAVE Duty Station - Washington DC

WAVE Duty Station - Washington DC

Inspection of WAVES WAVES Enjoy Liberty in New York
Inspection of WAVES WAVES Enjoy Liberty in New York
Relaxing at Home in WAVES Quarters Pretty WAVE Stepping Out For An Evening
Relaxing at Home in WAVES Quarters Pretty WAVE Stepping Out For An Evening

WAVES Go Home on Leave

WAVES Go Home on Leave

WAVES Attend Service on Sunday

WAVES Attend Service on Sunday

WAVE Officer

WAVE Officer

Q. What is the term of enlistment?
A. For the duration of the war and up Q. to six months thereafter.

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.
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 Q. specialized training, the WAVES definitely want women of high calibre but no special training.

Q. Am I on active duty as soon as I A. am sworn in?
A. Not necessarily. You may be told Q. to report home on inactive duty to await further orders. The term of inactive duty prior to indoctrination will not be long.

Any questions about the WAVES?
You'll find the answers here!
What will my hours be at training school?
The hours will depend on the school you attend. However, they will be on a military basis. Reveille, taps, etc.
Will there be organized exercise?
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.
Will I get free mail privileges, discounts on transportation, movies, etc.? Will I benefit from USO, Red Cross, Navy Relief, etc.?
Yes, on the same basis as male members of the armed services.
Do I get the same income tax exemptions as men in the armed forces?
May I wear make-up? Yes, a reasonable amount.
Must hair be cut short or worn in A. any particular style?
You may wear it in any style that is becoming to you, but it should be short enough not to cover your collar.
Will there be religious services?
Yes. Each training school makes appropriate arrangements.
Am I allowed to have dates during recruit training?
Yes, during week-end leave. What about recreation?
At every station there are officers charged with the responsibility of welfare and recreation of WAVES assigned to that activity.
What papers would it be helpful for a candidate to start obtaining as soon as she decides she would like to join the WAVES?
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.
What supervision will there be over my living quarters?
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.
Are wives of servicemen eligible for the WAVES?
Yes—except wives of Navy men of the rank of Ensign or higher.
Does the wife of an enlisted man
continue to get her family allow-
ance when she joins the WAVES?
Will I be permitted to marry after
recruit training or indoctrination?
Yes. If you become pregnant, you will be honorably discharged.
May I request duty at any particular Naval Station?
Yes, but your request may or may not be granted.
Will I have free time for liberty, leaves and dates after I am assigned to a duty station?
Yes. The amount of free time will be determined by the work you are doing. You will also have some leisure time every day.
What is the difference between the uniform of an enlisted woman and that of an officer?
Little difference — except for hat,
gold buttons instead of blue, and
officer stripes and stars on sleeves.
When does my pay begin?
The day you report to training school.
Should I quit my old job as soon as I am sworn in?
No. Do not resign until you are ordered to training school.
Do all enlisted women start as Apprentice Seamen?
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.
May I later change the type of work I am doing?
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.
Do I pay my own way to training school?
No. Your transportation is paid by the Navy.
Can an enlisted woman request duty in a particular field — for instance, radio — even if she has had no previous experience in that field?
Yes. But it cannot be guaranteed that the request will be granted.
When do I get my uniform?
After you arrive at training school. However, you should bring enough civilian clothing for a week or two.

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.

Officer in Charge, Navy Recruiting Station or Office of Naval Officer Procurement in good health. If
I am interested in joining the WAVES. I am I qualify on the basis of the information below, official application blank. please send me an
Age Date of birth

No. years high school business school college
Unmarried Married Widowed Divorced
Number of children Age of each
If married, husband's occupation
Address Tel. No.
Town and State
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