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Womens Army Corps

The first women in U.S. Army were trained at Fort Des Moines. The first officer candidate training class of 440, women started its six-week course, on July 20, 1942. The first auxiliary classes in the four-week basic training course began on August 17th. Women were trained to perform 238 jobs in the Army that until then were occupied by men. A total of over 72,000 of the 150,000 women in the Army during World War II were trained at Fort Des Moines.