Army & Navy - Distaff, Dismissed!

For U.S. women in uniform, the war was all but over. A hard-working but sometimes glamorous career was almost ended. Women's auxiliaries of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard were being closed out or trimmed down to skeleton peacetime size.

Almost half the Coast Guard's 10,000 SPARs are already out of uniform; the rest will be gone by midsummer. The Coast Guard plans no permanent women's reserve.

The Marine Corps is scarcely more enthusiastic: half the 18,000 "Lady Leathernecks" have gone back to civilian life. Little more than a corporal's guard will be kept on after September—enough to do...

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