Other Branches of Military Service

You Are Needed now

Courtesey of the Florida Memory Project. An Army Nurse Corps recruitment poster brazenly declaring "You are needed now," was a powerful incentive for women to join the Nurse Corps and do their part.

The Women's Army Corps was not the only option for Native American women wishing to serve their country during World War II.

Other branches of the United States military had similarly-structured units. These were:

  • United States Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve) or Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service of the Navy, better known as WAVES
  • United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve (MCWR)
  • United States Coast Guard (USCG) Women's Reserve, better known as SPARS
  • Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, which was civil and without military rank.

The Army and Navy Nurse Corps, though not militarized, were also open to Native Women.

Following are only a few examples of the hundreds of Native women who served in World War II.

Other Branches of Military Service