IDF Sees Spike in Women Serving in Combat Units
The Fellowship | January 31, 2017
For the young people of Israel, service to their nation is compulsory. However, the role Israeli women play in the Jewish state’s military continues to evolve. Our friends at JNS report that the number of female combat soldiers in the IDF has grown greatly in recent days:
The upward swing in the number of women in combat units of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) continues, with about 2,800 women slated to serve in combat roles this year.
The number of women serving in combat roles in the IDF’s Homefront Command is up 38 percent this year, while the number of female combat soldiers in artillery units is up 19 percent. The Israeli Navy has seen the number of women in combat roles increase by 93 percent, and the number of women in combat service in Israel’s Border Police has doubled…
Brig. Gen. Eran Shani, head of the Planning Brigade and Manpower Administration in the IDF Personnel Directorate, told the committee meeting that “as we are an army of the people, we aspire to integrate all population sectors and allow the greatest possible equality of opportunities. We have expanded the number of roles open to women, which now comprise 90 percent of all service positions in the IDF.”