Washing Out

 

Not every woman was able to make it through boot camp training. Failure was known as “washing out.”

One morning we were called to assemble in a big room, a lot of girls, probably 2000 girls.  We didn’t know why, but we were stood at parade attention as usual.  And they brought in this girl between two officers.  And in front of use they cut the buttons off her uniform and read her a dishonorable discharge. And when she turned around to go out they played drums and they drummed her out all the way.  What a humiliating experience.  But you can bet the rest of us shaped up.

– Virginia Gillmore, World War II WAVE

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