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Women’s History Month commemorated with 1946 Army Physical Fitness Test Challenge

Airmen perform sit-ups during the 1946 Army Physical Fitness Test Challenge March 18, 2016, at the Patrick Air Force Base fitness center, Fla. The challenge served as a tribute to the first women who entered the military, which were required to complete the physical fitness test in order to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/released)

Airmen perform sit-ups during the 1946 Army Physical Fitness Test Challenge March 18, 2016, at the Patrick Air Force Base fitness center, Fla. The challenge served as a tribute to the first women who entered the military, which were required to complete the physical fitness test in order to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/released)

An Airman performs push-ups during the 1946 Army Physical Fitness Test Challenge March 18, 2016, at the Patrick Air Force Base fitness center, Fla. The challenge served as a tribute to the first women who entered the military, which were required to complete the physical fitness test in order to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/released)

An Airman performs push-ups during the 1946 Army Physical Fitness Test Challenge March 18, 2016, at the Patrick Air Force Base fitness center, Fla. The challenge served as a tribute to the first women who entered the military, which were required to complete the physical fitness test in order to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/released)

Airmen perform exercises during the 1946 Army Physical Fitness Test Challenge March 18, 2016, at the Patrick Air Force Base fitness center, Fla. The challenge served as a tribute to the first women who entered the military, which were required to complete the physical fitness test in order to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/released)

Airmen perform exercises during the 1946 Army Physical Fitness Test Challenge March 18, 2016, at the Patrick Air Force Base fitness center, Fla. The challenge served as a tribute to the first women who entered the military, which were required to complete the physical fitness test in order to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/released)

Tammy Shelley, 45th Space Wing fitness and sports manager, counts as an Airman performs pull-ups during the 1946 Army Physical Fitness Test Challenge March 18, 2016, at the Patrick Air Force Base fitness center, Fla. The challenge served as a tribute to the first women who entered the military, which were required to complete the physical fitness test in order to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/released)

Tammy Shelley, 45th Space Wing fitness and sports manager, counts as an Airman performs pull-ups during the 1946 Army Physical Fitness Test Challenge March 18, 2016, at the Patrick Air Force Base fitness center, Fla. The challenge served as a tribute to the first women who entered the military, which were required to complete the physical fitness test in order to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/released)

Tammy Shelley, 45th Space Wing fitness and sports manager, briefs members participating in the 1946 Army Physical Fitness Test Challenge March 18, 2016, at the Patrick Air Force Base fitness center, Fla. The challenge served as a tribute to the first women who entered the military, which were required to complete the physical fitness test in order to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/released)

Tammy Shelley, 45th Space Wing fitness and sports manager, briefs members participating in the 1946 Army Physical Fitness Test Challenge March 18, 2016, at the Patrick Air Force Base fitness center, Fla. The challenge served as a tribute to the first women who entered the military, which were required to complete the physical fitness test in order to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/released)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 2016 Women's History Month Committee hosted a 1946 Army Physical Fitness Test Challenge March 18 at the Patrick Air Force Base fitness center.

The challenge served as a tribute to the first women who entered the military, which were required to complete the physical fitness test in order to join.

Women were recruited to help fight for the allied cause during the World Wars, but it wasn't until 1948 that they were allowed to become permanent members of the military, according to the Women's History Month committee. Both men and women had to pass the fitness test initially to join and maintain this level of fitness in order to continue serving.