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October 21, 2013 12:32 pm

IDF Seeks to Bring More Women Into Combat Roles; Possibly Tank Division

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Israel Defense Forces tanks on the move. Photo: IDF.

Israel Defense Forces tanks on the move. Photo: IDF.

The Israel Defense Force is seeking to increase the number of women in combat divisions, and may open its Armored Tank Corps to female soldiers, Israel’s Channel 2 reported, citing an officer involved in the changes.

The first move the IDF made to increase the number of women in combat divisions was to eliminate a running requirement, which they learned had been intimidating many female recruits. A decision to post women to the tanks units has yet to be made, the officer said.

An IDF spokesman was unable to comment.

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