1972 - First Class of SPARs Graduate from TRACEN Yorktown -- SPAR YN2 Thelma O'Neal, USCGR (W)
"August 1972 -- First new class of SPARs to receive basic military training in 25 years graduates at U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Training Center, Yorktown, VA. The class consisted of two groups of about 30 each, completing two weeks of indoctrination." "At graduation exercises CAPT. Arthur Hancock, Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Reserve Training Center, Yorktown, presents a Certificate to SPAR YN2 Thelma O'Neal." OFFICIAL COAST GUARD PHOTO NUMBER AP 090172-08 The first women's Reserve Enlisted Basic Indoctrination classes were established in 1972. Four ratings were made available: Yeoman, Storekeeper, Radioman, and Hospital Corpsman. Congressional legislation ended the Women's Reserve and women were first officially integrated into the active-duty Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Reserve. Female reservists then serving on active duty were given the choice of enlisting in the regular Coast Guard or completing their reserve enlistments.

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