The Women's Land Army (WLA) was an all-female organisation that served during WW1 and WW2. Its members were trained in agricultural and forrestry work and performed various duties on farms and camps to replace men who had been conscripted into the armed forces.The members ("Land Girls") were originaly volunteers but as time went by, conscription was introduced to fullfill needs.
During WW2, The WLA wore a green and brown work uniform but did not have a rank insignias system in the strictest sense. Instead, the seniority of its members was indicated by way of their armbands.
A member would receive 1 large half a diamond for each six months of service to be sown on your armband and then hand back the armband to receive a different one after a set numbers of years
- recruit: a green armband with red lettering
- after 2 years: a green armband with red lettering edged red with a diamond on each side of the crown
- after 4 years: a red armband with green lettering and 2 diamond on each side of the crown
- after 6 years: a yellow armband with green lettering edged green with 3 diamonds on each side of the crown
- after 8 years: a yellow armband with a green panel edged red containing gold lettering with 4 diamonds on each side of the crown and the number 8 between the crown and letters.
Although the colour of the half diamond varies according to the colour of the armband, they continue to be attributed the same way regardless of the level of seniority. This means that someone who had finished 7 and half years of service would wear the "6 years" armband with 3 half diamonds sown on it.placement remained the same regardless of the type of armband worn.