Army & Navy And Civilian Defense: WAAC at Last

The long-delayed "Petticoat Army" Bill was close to enactment last week. Even happier than the bill's feminine backers was the Army itself, which wanted to free as many men as possible for combat.

The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps will provide women for the Army's humbler jobs—switchboard operators, cooks, chauffeurs, laundresses, welfare workers, clerks, Aircraft Warning Service spotters & plotters. They will serve under the War Department, with special names for ranks, but with Army pay, Army uniforms and Army discipline.

At House committee hearings Representative Frances P. Bolton of Ohio had said there need be no worry about feminine morale: "A laundress...