Requirements

Mildred McAfee helped the Navy establish high standards in order to attract high quality women.  Officers were required to have, at a minimum, two years of college and two years professional work; many women had four-year-degrees and significantly more work experience.  Enlisted women needed to have had some college or work experience. Women had to be at least twenty years old to volunteer; enlisted women could be no older than age thirty-six and officers no older than forty-nine at time of entry. The Navy believed ‘such requirements would insure the Navy of trainees of reasonable intelligence and a reasonably well-developed sense of responsibility. The training facility had to reflect an equally high standard.

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