It’s no secret that women have long served in the military. As far back as the Civil War, women served - not officially, but frequently alongside their husbands. During World War II, men were needed to fight so women were asked to serve in noncombatant jobs. Nearly 400,000 women served in the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, and civilian relief organizations in all types of jobs in order to free up males. Initially women were in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corp (WAAC) - in that time women were not part of the military, but rather an auxiliary.