In the US, The Navy, took the first step - in 1974 six women earned their wings and became the first Naval aviators. The Army followed suit in 1974 and trained female helicopter pilots. The Air Force caught up in 1976 and admitted women to the pilot training program. But there was a catch. By virtue of existing policies, their flying was limited to non-combat. Military women pilots would not be flying combat missions. At least not yet. Same for Australia, women are not to fly in combats!