The Indian Army has decided to induct women as pilots in its aviation wing and the first batch is likely to be admitted for training in July. Addressing a press conference ahead of Army Day on January 15, Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane said he had issued instruction a month ago to induct women in the flying branch of the Army. As of now, women are allowed in air traffic control and ground duties in the Army aviation wing. “The Adjutant General's branch, the Military Secretary branch and the Aviation Directorate have arrived at a consensus that women officers can be there in the flying branch for flying duties,” the Army Chief said. “The next course will start in July and women officers will definitely be admitted into it for pilot training. After one year's training they will be able to join frontline operations units for flying duties,” he added.