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WW2 Australian Women's Army Service AWAS Shoulder Title Badge Pair Australia



Reff: E 3531

In July 1941 the Australian Army received approval to recruit women into an auxiliary force to be known as the Australian Women's Army Service or AWAS.
On 13 August 1941, the War Cabinet approved in principle the formation of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS).

The Army started to recruit single women aged 18 to 45 years old in August 1941 through the Women's National Voluntary Registry.
Initially widows with dependent children were allowed to enlist but this ceased in 1943.

The Australian Women's Army Service became operational in October 1941.

Preference was given to women with signals and administrative skills.

They were paid wages equal to two-thirds that of their male equivalent.

They were restricted to service within Australia.
The AWAS had their own rank and administrative arrangements and they reported to the Chief of General Staff (CGS).

The Commanding Officer or "Controller" of the AWAS was equivalent to a Lieutenant Colonel.

Approximately 24,000 women enlisted in the AWAS during WW2. 3,618 of these served with the Royal Australian Artillery (RAA) and 3,600 with the Corps of Signals.

By 1945 some women were allowed to serve at the advanced headquarters in Lae, while some other were sent to Hollandia.

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