Included amongst the servicemen who trained at Boca Raton during the war were a significant number of African-Americans, who were commonly housed and trained in separate facilities during the days of segregation. Additionally, women of the Women's Army Nurse Corps and Women's Army Corps served at the BRAAF as nurses and in technical clerical capacities.
The impact of the presence of an important military facility on the little town of Boca Raton can hardly be imagined today. Although we do not know exactly how many people came to the base between 1942-1947, it was likely between 50,000-100,000 men and women were stationed here, in a town of about 750 residents. Every available room or house in town was rented. In addition to the enlisted personnel, as many as 1500 civilians were employed on the base at one time during the war years. The permanent population was a little over 700 individuals. Every available room or house in town was rented.