Female marines increased in numbers during World War II. These trained women were not sent abroad to fight but remained at home. Women filled positions at home so men could be relieved of duties on American bases to free-up fighting men. The women were sent to Camp Lejeune to receive training. Afterwards these marines filled traditional female roles (stenographers, telephone operators, etc.) but also began to be placed as carpenters, painters, welders, and more masculine vocations.