Military Women's Uniforms - Past and Present
Many visitors have requested uniform information so here's an overview.
More uniforms, hats and "other stuff" we had to wear. Hats 'n stuff.
Sorry - no larger images. I simply don't have the time, space, inclination, patience or attention span to go through all that. Remember this is a "no-pay-one-woman-band" operation.
When women fought "unofficially" in the Revolutionary War there were no uniforms for them to wear. Legend has it that Deborah Samson "tailored" a soldiers uniform to fit. It may have looked something like this - be advised that the operative word here is may. There were no cameras until 1839 so we have no real pictures:
During the Civil War women were not "authorized" in the military. Dr Mary Walker served as a contract surgeon and modified her uniform to include trousers under the skirt:
Many young women disguised themselves as men and fought during the Civil War in uniform:
||Nurses served aboard hospital|
ships during the Spanish American War
< this is what they wore.
They also served in Havana, Cuba
in the outfits on the right.
|In 1908 the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps came into being. |
The first twenty nurses wore this outfit:
World War One - 1917-1918
The U.S. Navy Yeoman (F)
The Marine Corps
Navy Nurse Corps
World War Two
WAC Issue: L-R: Service O.D., Utility Coat, Cotton Summer uniform, Work dress, Work uniform, Wool overcoat.
WAVES - Navy
WACS - Army
Navy Nurse Corps
WAC and WAF - '50s and '60s - "Models and Fashion Statements"
The '80s to the present - "On the Job Uniforms"
USAF Missile Duty
Battle Dress Uniform
Coast Guard at sea
Navy Sea Duty
Marines on Parade
Air Force -Medical
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