The Long Goodbye

WAVES newsletters and booklets also explained to women what would happen as they left the military. This image comes from the Women’s Reserve Information: Separation Pamphlet. The pamphlet outlined the transition process from WAVE to civilian at war’s end.

The first group of WAVES left shortly after V-J Day in fall of 1945. The separations would continue through the next couple of years until the passage of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act in June of 1948. At that point, WAVES were qualified to become a part of the peacetime Navy.

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