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Week of August 05, 2013

Women throughout the Navy, past and present, recently celebrated the 71st anniversary of Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES). Although women have served in every major American conflict, WAVES did not gain a foothold in Navy service until well after World War I. Navy women returned to general service in 1942, during the height of World War II. The Navy was preparing to accept not just a large number of enlisted women, as it had done during World War I, but also female commissioned officers. Today, more than 66,000 women serve in the Navy in the active and Reserve components, comprising 18 percent of our Navy force. For more information about the history of women and their numerous contributions to the Navy, visit the Women in the Navy webpage and the World War II Era WAVES webpage.

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