Army & Navy - MARINES: Women Wanted

The storied Marine Corps, topping 200,000 and approximately three times its greatest former strength (in World War I), was feeling the manpower pinch. It had also noted with approval the quietly efficient job done by women in military service in Britain. This week it opened its ranks to Marines in skirts.

To head its Women's Reserve, the Marine Corps had already picked 47-year-old Ruth Cheney Streeter of Morristown, N.J., wife of a retired banker. Her three sons are in the service (two Navy ensigns, one Army reserve private).

Major Streeter's command wants recruits...

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