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43.02.18 General Marshall Praises WAAC As It Opens 4th Training Center

   
Date: February 18, 1943

Subject: World War II, Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps/Women’s Army Corps



The members of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps “have convincingly demonstrated their ability to render a vital military service,” said General George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, in a statement made public by the War Department today simultaneously with announcement of a new WAAC training center.

A portion of Fort Devens, Massachusetts is now being converted into a training center for the Corps.  It will be in operation in a few weeks.

Commenting on the Corps’ expansion General Marshall said:

“The establishment of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps was urged by the War Department for two reasons: first, there are a great many jobs connected with the Army’s war program which women can handle better than men; second, it was evident then, as it clearly is today, that the demands on manpower would be so great that a large number of women should be incorporated in the Army’s effort.”

“Although the Corps is still in the formative period of organization, its member have convincingly demonstrated their ability to render a vital military service.  The standards of discipline, training and general efficiency, are on the highest level and are a complete reassurance to the officials of the War Department as to the outstanding services which will be rendered by this organization.”

“A recent Executive Order expands the Corps to a possible total of 150,000, giving women an opportunity to serve in many more positions than were originally contemplated.  This expansion became necessary because of repeated requests from the commanders of our troops and services.  I am confident that the women of America will meet this urgent need of the Army.”

The opening of the fourth WAAC Training Center at Fort Devens is designed to hasten the time when the Corps can fully meet “this urgent need of the Army.” Once Company of WAACs already is on duty at that installation serving as a Post Headquarters Company, and thus releasing men for combat duty.

The other three WAAC Training Centers now in operation are at Fort Des Moines, Iowa; Daytona Beach, Florida; and Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.

 

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