These women marched into the history books

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These women marched into the history books

Fifty years on, pioneer Josie Swiegers tells how the defence force was the foundation of her many successful careers

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A teacher, an award winning horse trainer, a pilot, an airline safety officer, CEO at an airports development company and now an aerodrome accident investigator — and a woman.

For Jossie Swiegers, 68, her illustrious and diverse career path was only possible because of the time she spent in the army. 

She and 127 other young women, mainly school-leavers, were the first women to receive army training in SA. Her 1971 class was a test to see if it was possible to bring women into the then SA Defence Force...

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