March 17, 1943

Name To Be Changed to Reflect Move
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Military Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives yesterday voted to integrate the Woman’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) into the army proper. Integration would bring full military recognition and benefits. The House bill is an amended version of a bill already passed by the Senate. The bills must be reconciled before being sent to the president for his signature. Included in the amended bill is a provision to change the name of the organization to Women’s Army Corp (WAC) to reflect the incorporation into the main armed forces. Also included in the amended bill is a lowering of the minimum age from 21 to 20 years of age. The age for mandatory retirement would remain 45. The WAAC was created on May 15 last by Public Law 554.

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