Women 's Army Auxiliary Corps

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Women have been enlisted in the armed forces since June 12, 1948, when President Truman signed the Woman’s Armed Services Integration Act. Throughout this time, women have served several different roles; however, women were not allowed to serve in combat forces. Arguments offer the idea that women are physically and emotionally capable of performing the same as men, Researchers have proven that only a small percentage of women are capable of performing the physically demanding aspects as that of men, although there are a select few women that are capable of completing the qualification standards to join the combat forces. With that being said women should be allowed to fight on the front lines. “The Women 's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) can refer to: Women 's Army Auxiliary Corps (Britain), a branch of the British military in the First World War. Prior name of the Women 's Army Corps, a branch of the U.S. military in World War II.” (Bellafaire). Women joined the WAAC before they were allowed in the Army. The first WAAC basic training center was stationed at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, Colonel Don C. Faith was the commander of the training base. Once Fort Des Moines opened the first woman arrived on July 20, 1942. Women in the WAAC were assigned to a 150 women “Table of Organization (TO) company: a table listing the number and duties of personnel and the major items of equipment authorized for a military unit” ("Table...”). Women were assigned to units that had openings as
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