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WREN Basic Training

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Scary, scary. When I look back on it now, I sort of I, I thought it was very exciting and everything, but I think it was, you know, the, the buildings that we were in had once been a correctional institute for women and I don't think it had changed a great deal. I mean it was pretty strict, pretty strict stuff, up early, and marching, and, and all sorts of courses and things in our basic training, yeah. I thought we all got along very well, considering, you know, you've taken all these young women and stick them in a barracks situation and no, we seemed, we didn't have time to not get along. Yeah, we were all sort of in the same situation. The regulations were for all of us and so it was sort of a very everybody-in-the-same-boat idea. When you get that many people together, you have to have rules and regulations and everybody would come in sort of from different lifestyles and we all had to react the same way and do as we were told or else. It was made quite clear, that you did as you were told or else.

Mrs. Greer describes basic training as both scary and exciting. The barracks had been old correctional buildings. She describes how the other women in basic training seem to come together and the strict regulations she and the other women had to follow.

Rosemond Mildred Greer

Rosemond Mildred Greer was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on December 6, 1924. She was an only child. She became a Naval Secretary and was stationed in Statacona, in Halifax during the war. She also witnessed the Halifax Riots at the end of the War.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Rosemond Mildred Greer
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS)
Wren - Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS)

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