What is the MWM Register?
Introducing the Heart of the Memorial
Recently renamed Valkyrie, our Register is a one-of-a-kind interactive database that records and preserves the names, service information, photographs and memorable experiences of each registered servicewoman. Aptly named after the powerful female warriors from Norse mythology, Valkyrie records and preserves the history of the powerful women who have defended this country—both past and present.
From the earliest days of the nation, women have been serving alongside men to gain and preserve liberty, but it was difficult to find them in our history books. There was no repository of women’s service to the United States. That all changed in April 1987.
Not long after legislation authorized the Women In Military Service For America Memorial and ten years before the Memorial would open to the public in 1997, the Register was created. Servicewomen and women veterans were invited to make their military experiences visible by “registering” their service. By completing a simple form with their dates of service, branch of service, awards and decorations, at least one memorable experience, and a picture in uniform, women took their rightful and visible place in history for all time. For the first time in American history, there was a place to learn about the extraordinary servicewomen who defend our country. For more than 30 years, the Memorial has been permanently documenting military women’s experiences and their impact on American, military and women’s history. Visitors are invited to look up servicewomen in the Register and learn about their impact on our collective history. You may purchase a print of individual profiles as a keepsake. If you know a servicewoman or woman veteran—please take advantage of the FREE registration to ensure HERstory joins hundreds of thousands of individual stories that make up Valkyrie. History is not complete until every military woman’s story is told.
Join Our National Registration Campaign
Today, Valkyrie includes nearly 300,000 military women’s stories, but about 3 million women have served in or with the Armed Forces since the American Revolution. We need your help to reach the 2.7 million women whose stories will be lost to history if not recorded and preserved for generations to come at our Memorial. We need your help to preserve that history.
Follow these quick 3 steps to help us spread the word
- First, download a graphic to use in a Facebook or Instagram post.
- Post the graphic you selected with this message:
Do you have a family member or friend who is a woman veteran? She deserves to take her rightful place in history. Without her story, our nation’s history is incomplete. Register her service for free at www.womensmemorial.org. #HerMemorial #HERstory
3. Don’t forget to tag us in your post: @MilitaryWomensMemorial
of female veterans are not yet registered
Take your rightful and visible place in history.
When you register yourself or another servicewoman or become a friend of the Memorial, you will have the opportunity to “visit” the Memorial Register online and see the memorable experiences, awards and decorations and pictures of the women who have served—just as if you were looking up their profiles in the Memorial Register. All personally identifiable information (PII), such as contact information, birth and death dates and places, and other PII cannot be seen and will not be released to third parties without the express permission of the individual. Also, Registrations can be updated at any time as information is found, promotions are earned, and experiences grow.
To become a Registered Member of the Military Women’s Memorial, a woman must meet one of the following criteria:
- Living or deceased woman veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
- Active Duty
- U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps
- Coast Guard Auxiliary
- Civil Air Patrol
To become a “We Also Served Registered Member,” a woman must meet one of the following criteria:
- Served overseas during conflicts in direct support of the Armed Forces in organizations such as the Red Cross, USO and Special Services
- U.S. Public Health Service Cadet Nurse Corps members are included in a special Honor Roll of Cadet Nurses
Women who were registered prior to January 1, 1998, are considered Charter Members of the Military Women’s Memorial.
Enjoy these member-benefits with your free registration:
Access to the Prudential Financial Wellness Portal, which includes:
- The Self-Assessment Tool identifies where to focus financially.
- The Budgeting Tool helps you manage your day-to-day finances and budget.
- Student Loan Assistance helps you compare and choose loan repayment scenarios. Includes virtual one-on-one counseling.
- A library of engaging, topic-specific videos
- More than 100 short educational articles
- Monthly webinars that complement Prudential’s on–site learning seminars
Access to an exclusive employment and career resource portal focused on women transitioning out of the military and women veterans seeking career advice.
MWM student benefits through Excelsior College:
- $0 Application Fee
- $0 Enrollment Fee
- Discounted tuition
- Discounted graduation fee
- Discounted venue rental services for special events
- And more to come!
Great news! You can now log in to update your member profiles with stories from when you served, promotions and awards. You can also register other women’s service by logging in to Valkyrie and selecting Register a Servicewoman.