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March 7, 2013 12:12 pm

IDF Most Female-Friendly Army on Earth

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IDF Solders In Jordan Valley. Photo: Wiki Commons.

The IDF is the world’s most female-friendly army according to new numbers compiled by the Manpower Directorate.

34 percent of IDF soldiers are women – a figure unparalleled among other militaries. 57% of all officers are women, 28% of career officers are women, and 92% of all army positions are open to women.

The numbers are of course in large part due to mandatory conscription, yet they are encouraging, especially considering the advancements for women in recent years. For example since 2001 there has been an 8% drop in the numbers of women assigned to secretarial and clerk roles, from 21% to just 13% in 2012.

“We are witnessing an increase in women enlisting as officers, as well as women pursuing careers in the army – especially in the ranks from Captain to Lieutenant Colonel, but we still have a long way to go to reach our potential,” said the Women’s Affairs Advisor to Israel’s Chief of Staff, Brig. Gen. Rachel Tevet-Wiesel.

Speaking at an IDF event Tuesday held in honor of International Women’s Day, Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz encouraged women to take on important roles. “There are numerous opportunities [for young women] to gain practical knowledge, enter the army and influence it – our entire organization would benefit from it,” he said. “I believe in this and I believe in you, just as much as I believe in all those serving in the IDF,” he added.

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  • Peter Burman

    Kol Hakavod to these women and to the entire IDF! Am Yisrael Chai!

  • Jerry Hersch

    Queen Dihya -Jewish warrior queen who led the Berber armies against the Arabs

    There are many references about her on line.

    Sorry the site above is a bit messy -but it was the closest I’ve read to the story as recounted in the translated manuscripts.

  • Lawrence kulak

    they forgot to say that they also are ahead of all the other armies in shidduchim. Just tell me where to sign up.

  • gino sinopoli

    keep trying ladies to show the world that even the women will lay down their lives to build a “family” that is a promise