A Women's Airforce Service Pilots flight team walks from the "Pistol Packin' Mama." (WASP Museum)

Women's History Month

Every March Military.com marks women's history month by recognizing the contributions made and the glass ceilings broken each day by women in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

Female members of the U.S. Military have not always receive the recognition they’ve earned. Yet from sea, to ground, to sky and beyond, women have worn the battle flag of the United States of America and have bravely fought in her name. We honor them.

  • FILE -- Marines with the Lioness Program refill their rifle magazines during the live-fire portion of their training at Camp Korean Village, Iraq. (Marine Corps Photo/ Sgt. Jennifer Jones)
  • Capt. Kristen Griest, left, and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver talk to Command Sgt. Major Curtis Arnold Jr. after receiving their Ranger Tabs at an Aug. 21, 2015, Ranger School graduation. (Photo by Matthew Cox/Military.com)
  • Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester stands at attention before receiving the Silver Star. (U.S. Army/Spc. Jeremy D. Crisp)
  • Spc. Monica Brown gets awarded the Silver Star at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, by Vice President Dick Cheney for her actions on April 25, 2007, during a combat patrol. (U.S. Army/Scott Davis)
  • Retired Col. Sally Murphy checks out a Black Hawk helicopter at Fort Myer during a Freedom Team Salute program honoring her as the first woman to complete Army flight school at Fort Rucker in 1974 and became the Army's first female helicopter pilot. (U.S. Army)
  • In 1979, Marcella Hayes was only the 55th woman to become a helicopter pilot and the first female African-American military aviator ever. (U.S. Army)
  • Marine Corps Captain Elizabeth A. Okoreeh-Baah poses in front of an MV-22 Osprey, March 14, 2006. (U.S. Marine Corps/Jonathan A. Tabb)
  • Navy Cmdr. Becky Calder flew F/A 18s for 15 years and is one of the few aviators to fly every version of the Hornet. (Photo: Courtesy of Becky Calder)
  • Astronaut Sunita Williams was selected by NASA in 1998 and is a veteran of two space missions Expeditions 14/15 and 32/33. (Photo: NASA)
  • Constructionman Camella J. Jones learns how to operate a large crane. (U.S. Navy/PH3 Paul Mansfield)
  • Adm. Michelle Howard (Photo: U.S. Navy)
  • Navy diver Donna Tobias (Photo: Navy illustration)
  • Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Sara Faulkner, receives recognition from Rear Admiral Bill Baumgartner, Commander of the 7th Coast Guard District and Capt. John Turner, commanding officer of Air Station Clearwater during an awards ceremony at Air Station Clearwater. (U.S. Coast Guard/Tara Molle)
  • A portrait of Lt. Colleen Cain. (Portrait by Leonora Rae Smith.)
  • Lt. j.g. Lashanda Holmes stands in front of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at Air Station Los Angeles. (U.S. Coast Guard/ Adam Eggers)
These are the faces of just some of the women of the military who have made a difference for themselves and their peers.

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Spotlight: Women's History Month

Video: Women in the U.S. Military | Two Minute Brief

From filling crucial support roles during our nation’s earliest wars, to breaking down barriers in today’s modern military, women’s roles in the United States armed forces have drastically changed over the past two and a half centuries.

Video: We Can Do It: The Peggy Wills Story

At 94 years old, Peggy Wills tells her story of being a real life Rosie the Riveter during World War II. Women couldn't fight in the war, but they did their share by working on the planes.

Video: First Female Marine to Retire Laid to Rest

Master Sgt. Catherine G. Murray was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery Jan. 23, 2018. She was the first female Marine to retire from the Corps, serving honorably for nearly 20 years. She lived to be 100 and passed away Dec. 20, 2017.

Video: First Female Army Ranger School Grads

CPT Kristen Griest and 1LT Shaye Haver, the first female graduates of the Army Ranger School, discuss what it's like to be part of history. Ranger School is the Army’s premier small unit tactics and leadership school. The 62-day course pushes Ranger students to their mental and physical limits by forcing them to operate on minimal food and sleep. 77,000 Soldiers have earned the Ranger Tab since the school opened in 1952. In 2014, 4057 students attempted the course; 1609 earned the Ranger Tab. All men and women who attend Ranger School have met the exact same standards.