The Navy Nurse
Navy Nurse Corps was established by Congress in 1908, but at that
time no provision was made for rank or rating comparable to the
Navy's male personnel. While they have never held actual rank, the
Navy nurses have since been accorded privileges similar to those
of officers. Under a congressional enactment approved by President
Roosevelt on July 3, 1942, members of the Navy Nurse Corps were
granted relative rank. This means that while they are not actually
commissioned officers, they hold rank corresponding to that of officers
in the Naval service.
Miss Sue S. Dauser,
of Anaheim, Orange County, California, is Superintendent of the
Navy Nurse Corps and has a rank relative to that of a Lieutenant
Commander. She has served in the Corps since 1917, and has been
Superintendent since 1939.