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WWII poster: Navy Wave

US Navy WAVE Poster

WWII created a growing demand for persons available for work, including women. WAVES were an official division of the Navy for women, whose members received ranks and pay equivalent to male personnel. Waves (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) performed a variety of roles from ship's cook to radioman.


"What pay does a Navy WAVE get?" Shows monthly pay scale for Apprentice Seaman, Seaman Second Class, Seaman First Class, and Petty Officers.
Recruitment poster for Navy WAVES