Mary L. Anderson

Mary L. Anderson, 406 Second Street, who recently enlisted in the SPARS, has arrived in Palm Beach, FL to begin her training.

Eau Claire SPARS in Training

The Ship's Service Store is a popular place for all SPARS at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Station in Palm Beach, Florida.

Here,  Seaman Mary Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Anderson, 406 Second Street, and Seaman Barbara Donaldson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Donaldson, 1303 Emery Street, who have just reported for basic training, stock up on needed supplies.

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking SPARS to serve as cartographers, draftsmen,  hydrographers, and photographers. A limited number of women with previous experience in these fields is needed for specific jobs.

Women who have worked for railroad companies or other travel systems are also sought for work in the Coast Guard's transportation offices, according to the Chief of the Enlisted Assignments Division of the Coast Guard.

In addition, the Coast Guard seeks women tailors and typewriter repair specialists. It also needs women who can train as radio technicians. 

To qualify for the Women's Reserve of the Coast Guard, applicants must be American citizens between the ages of 20 and 36, without children younger than 18. They must have had two years of high school or business school and be able to pass prescribed physical and vision tests. Application may be made at the nearest Coast Guard Recruiting Station or by writing to the Commandant at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC.

SPARS serve at stations within the continental limits of the United States, receiving the same pay, promotions and holding many of the same ratings as Coast Guardsmen. They enlist for the duration of the war and six months after.