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Two women army officers will be trained for the first time as helicopter pilots at the Combat Army Aviation Training School at Nashik in Maharashtra.

This comes after General Manoj Mukund Naravane, the army chief, gave his nod to a proposal seeking women officers to opt for the army’s aviation wing.

Although women in the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy fly helicopters, the Army Aviation Corps till now, only incorporated males who had to go through a strict selection process. Women were assigned only ground duties in the Army Aviation Corps.

“Fifteen women officers volunteered to join army aviation. But only two were selected after the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) and medicals,” an official stated.

Those two are part of the cohort of 47 army personnel who will begin their training on Monday and are assumed to join front-line flying duties in July 2022 after completing their training.

Formulated in November 1986, the Army Aviation Corps incorporates Dhruv advanced light helicopters, Chetaks, Cheetahs, and Cheetal helicopters. It is entrusted with aiding the army”s deployment in higher altitudes, including the Siachen Glacier.