October 15th, 2010


Army and Marine Corps recruitment posters circa 1994

Setting: Boise, Idaho, 1994, our world

I have a young woman (18ish) who's led a very sheltered life up until now- think fundamentalist Christian upbringing in a VERY small town. Long story short, she runs away to Boise and one of the first things she finds there is a recruitment centre. One of the posters on the centre's wall is what inspires her to enlist.

I know that at the time the Army's slogan was 'Be All You Can Be', but I haven't been able to find any examples of recruitment posters for the period, or of the USMC's slogans or posters.

Part of the problem is that I need a poster that is targeted at women, preferaby depicting an action shot of a strong, powerful woman. (Think the recent USMC poster with the female Drill Instructor.) This is the first time my MC has seen women in something other than a subservient role and it marks a turning point for her. I've been looking at WWII posters as well, and there are several I like, but I really want something more modern. In addition, theyt tend to be about women in admin/factory jobs/nursing and I don't want that. I wouldn't mind making the details up, but I'm unsure whether the kind of poster I want (depicting women as warriors first and foremost) was common in that time frame.

I have googled every combination of 'Army' 'Marines' 'recruitment poster' and 'women' I can think of, but zip. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Cross-posted to little_details