This service recognises the important role women have played in the Armed Forces.
The Second World War saw the creation of women's branches of the Army, Navy and Air Force. Women were trained for a variety of roles, including administration, intelligence, driving and signals. This covered manpower shortages, and meant that men could deploy to fighting units. These branches were disbanded after the Second World War.
In February 1951 a women's branch of the Army formed once again. The Women's Royal Australian Army Corps (WRAAC) continued until 1984, with both full- and part-time personnel. From the 1970s female soldiers began integrating into the Australian Army and in 1984 the WRAAC was disbanded.
- Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
Reviewed 20 April 2021