Afghanistan's first female aeroplane pilot
2 August 2013 Last updated at 23:48 BST
With British and other NATO combat troops due to leave Afghanistan by the end of next year, Afghanistan is boosting its own military forces, including building a new Air Force virtually from scratch.
In an unexpected breakthrough for women's rights, among the recruits is the first woman in the country to qualify as an aeroplane pilot.
Jon Brain reports from Kabul.