Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels authorized the enlistment of women in the United State Naval Reserve Force. Both officers and enlisted personnel were authorized to serve under Class 4 of the 1916 United States Naval Reserve Force under his act. A new rank structure of Yeoman (F) was created for basic female Navy personnel.
Training was obviously significantly different and involved class work for their intended role as couriers, draftsmen, fingerprint experts, masters-at-arms, mess attendants, paymasters, recruiters, switchboard operators, and translators
Female sailors of the U.S. Navy, 1918.