June 30, 1943

Name Change to WAC Part of Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The White House yesterday received a bill from the Senate to place all members of the WAACs into the regular army for the duration of the war plus six months. The move would place its members under standard army regulations and make them eligible for pensions and other benefits entitled to regular army members. Included in the bill is a name change from Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) to Women’s Army Corps (WAC). Also included is a raise in the maximum age from 45 to 50. Prior to the Senate passing the bill, it had been stalled due to a difference with the House bill related to benefits and the total number of members. The House bill had set a limit of 150,000 on the strength. However, at the insistence of the Senate, the final bill has no ceiling and the Secretary of War has the discretion to determine the strength needed.

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