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Officer. Nurse. Woman. Army Nurse Corps Recruitment for the Vietnam War

Officer. Nurse. Woman. Army Nurse Corps Recruitment for the Vietnam War “Officer. Nurse. Woman.” Army Nurse Corps Recruitment for the Vietnam War KARA DIXON VUIC Indiana University In April 1969, the American Journal of Nursing (AJN ) ran a U.S. Army adver- tisement featuring the headline “Officer. Nurse. Woman.” In it stood a young, smiling, attractive nurse wearing combat fatigues and carrying surgical scissors in her pocket. This confident and determined officer, nurse, and woman appealed to other women to join her in the Army Nurse Corps (ANC), where she was “Heading up her own staff ” and “Making her own decisions. Working where it counts.” She called women like her to be Army nurses, emphasizing that “Today’s Army Nurse can do more” because Army Nurses were not just nurses—they were also officers and women (Figure 1). The advertisement in Figure 1 was one of many tactics used by the ANC in its efforts to recruit nurses during the Vietnam era. As the number of U.S. troops in Vietnam increased, the ANC needed larger numbers of nurses for the hospitals in Vietnam, along the chain of evacuation, and to continue staffing Army hospi- tals in the United States. The first Army nurses in Vietnam had actually arrived in 1956, when http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Officer. Nurse. Woman. Army Nurse Corps Recruitment for the Vietnam War

Nursing History Review , Volume 14 (1): 49 – Sep 1, 2006

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“Officer. Nurse. Woman.” Army Nurse Corps Recruitment for the Vietnam War KARA DIXON VUIC Indiana University In April 1969, the American Journal of Nursing (AJN ) ran a U.S. Army adver- tisement featuring the headline “Officer. Nurse. Woman.” In it stood a young, smiling, attractive nurse wearing combat fatigues and carrying surgical scissors in her pocket. This confident and determined officer, nurse, and woman appealed to other women to join her in the Army Nurse Corps (ANC), where she was “Heading up her own staff ” and “Making her own decisions. Working where it counts.” She called women like her to be Army nurses, emphasizing that “Today’s Army Nurse can do more” because Army Nurses were not just nurses—they were also officers and women (Figure 1). The advertisement in Figure 1 was one of many tactics used by the ANC in its efforts to recruit nurses during the Vietnam era. As the number of U.S. troops in Vietnam increased, the ANC needed larger numbers of nurses for the hospitals in Vietnam, along the chain of evacuation, and to continue staffing Army hospi- tals in the United States. The first Army nurses in Vietnam had actually arrived in 1956, when

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