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Letter from Leova Reif, WAVES, US Navy, to Reverend John E. Elbert. [October 14, 1943] Tuesday 19:40 Navy Time Dear Reverend Elberts. I'll grant I've not been a good member of your Church, but I would like the good wishes of a gentleman I've always admired. I've been told you didn't approve of the Services for women. Let me tell you some of the things I've observed so far. First off the basic training period of four weeks is a very confusing time for us. Adjustments have to be made that are bound to teach all of us a thing or two about living with other people. We learn right off that consideration for others is the thing that makes for pleasant living with so many. I have been lucky enough to be sent to Radio School which is exactly what I most wanted, having become interested in that line at home. Our schedule here is stiff, but most interesting. Of course we are destined to take the places of boys who are now stationed at shore stations all over the country. A very solid routine is provided for us, which makes the most of every moment. I don't believe there is a girl among us who won't come out of this training with more efficiency than she had before. There are rules and regulations galore, but every one of them has behind it a good sound logic that an intelligent person can't help but respect. The discipline is of the strictest. A girl in uniform attracts the eye of the public no matter where it is and one of the things stressed most is the fact that the Navy accepts only ladies into its organization. Our officers are always on their toes, looking for those who might create a different impression on the public. On the whole I've enjoyed the experience, so far. Have had the opportunity already to see parts of country, which I don't think I have been able to manage on my own. Also the opportunities to learn are almost unlimited. We are offered Correspondence Courses at very little cost on almost any subject one could desire, besides the many programs being carried on right here at our Station. Our advancement depends entirely on ourselves. For anyone willing to work and study there are no difficulties in coming out on top. Probably the thing we like most about our present Station is the fact that we have a cook who really likes his job. Homemade bread and pies are an everyday occurrence. They warn us not to out grow our uniforms and with good reason. Three square meals a day, with a 9:45 taps and 6 A.M. "Hit the deck" should make a new person out of people like me who never could quite manage light hours a night at home. 'Scuse the abrupt ending. Its study hour now. Sincerely Leova Reif
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