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A WAVES Photographer 3rd Class
A WAVES Photographer 3rd Class

The WAVES were a World War II era division of the U.S. Navy that consisted entirely of women. The name of this group is an acronym for "Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service"; the word 'emergency' implied that the acceptance of women was due to the unusual circumstances of WWII and that at the end of the war the women would not be allowed to continue in Navy careers.waves are in the sea :D blah blah blah i want sum chocolate! Image File history File links Download high resolution version (590x765, 79 KB) Photo #: 80-G-K-13754 (Color) WAVE Specialist (Photographer) 3rd Class Saluting, as she stands among the springtime cherry blossoms near the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., during World War II. Note her Specialist P rating badge. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (590x765, 79 KB) Photo #: 80-G-K-13754 (Color) WAVE Specialist (Photographer) 3rd Class Saluting, as she stands among the springtime cherry blossoms near the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., during World War II. Note her Specialist P rating badge. ... Combatants Allied Powers Axis Powers Commanders {{{commander1}}} {{{commander2}}} Strength {{{strength1}}} {{{strength2}}} Casualties 17 million military deaths 8 million military deaths {{{notes}}} World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a military conflict that took place between 1939 and 1945. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ...


The WAVES began in August 1942, when Mildred H. McAfee was sworn in as a Naval Reserve Lieutenant Commander, the first female commissioned officer in U.S. Navy history, and the first director of the WAVES. This occurred two months after the WACS (Women's Army Corps) was established and Eleanor Roosevelt convinced Congress to authorize a women's component of the Navy- the WAVES. Within a year the WAVES were 27,000 strong. A large proportion of the WAVES did clerical work but some took positions in the aviation community, Judge Advocate General's Corps, medical professions, communications, intelligence, science and technology. Mildred Helen McAfee Horton (May 12, 1900 - September 2, 1994) was the first director of the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) in the United States Navy. ... In military organizations, a commissioned officer is a member of the service who derives authority directly from a sovereign power, and as such holds a commission from that power. ... WACs operate Teletype machines during World War II. The Womens Army Corps (WAC) was a special unit of the United States Army during World War II and thereafter which organized the female enlisted personnel. ... Eleanor Roosevelt. ... Judge Advocate Generals Corps, also known as JAG, is the judicial arm of the United States armed forces, consisting of autonomous departments in the Air Force, Army and Navy. ...


The WAVES did not accept African American women into the division until late 1944, at which point they trained one black woman for every 36 white women enlisted in the WAVES.whatever!!


The WAVES continued to serve through the Vietnam War. WAVES officer candidates were trained for 16 weeks at the Newport R. I. Naval Base. Enlisted WAVES(wavey waves) were trained at Bainbridge Maryland. During the 1970's consideration was given to allowing WAVES to serve aboard ships. Ultimately, LT Valerie Zeller, USNR, was assigned to two weeks reserve duty aboard the USS Sanctuary in 1975. A few years later, the WAVES were disbanded and women were allowed to serve on ships and be assigned to all Navy specialties.You are lyin....LIAR!


Compare to Women's Auxiliary Air Force and SPARS, the United States Coast Guard Women's Reserve. The U.S. Womens Auxiliary Air Force was created in June of 1939. ... SPARS was the United States Coast Guard Womens Reserve created in 1942 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. ...


External links

  • WAVES history and WWII women's uniforms in color — WWII US women's service organizations (WAC, WAVES, ANC, NNC, USMCWR, PHS, SPARS, ARC and WASP)
  • Department of the Navy - Naval Historical Center: World War II era WAVES

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