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Women in the IDF: Global Model for Women in the Military

In addition to requiring women to enlist, the IDF boasts high participation of women in command roles. Almost all positions in the IDF are open to women, and they serve in every branch of the military.

Lt. Shelly Markheva, an IDF intelligence commander

Lt. Shelly Markheva, an IDF intelligence commander
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The Women’s Affairs Adviser to the IDF Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Rachel Tevet-Wiesel, participated this week in the annual conference of NATO’s Committee on Gender Perspectives, which took place at the organization’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Representatives from about 30 countries attended the conference to discuss the integration of women in militaries throughout the world.

IDF Women’s Affairs Advisor Brig. Gen. Rachel Tevet-Wiesel.

Women’s Affairs Adviser to the IDF Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Rachel Tevet-Wiesel.

During the conference, Brig. Gen. Tevet-Wiesel spoke to global military representatives on the IDF’s opportunities for women, which are considered advanced relative to those of other militaries. She attributed Israel’s success, among other things, to its requirement that women serve in the military alongside men. “Israel is considered one of the most progressive countries in the world [on this issue],” she explained. “The number of women in senior roles is high relative to other countries because of obligatory service,” she said.

The IDF stands out among the world’s militaries for the high representation of women in its ranks. Women have proudly served in the IDF since its establishment. In addition to requiring women to enlist, the IDF boasts high participation of women in command roles.  Almost all positions in the IDF are open to women, and they serve in every branch of the military.

Thirty-four percent of those serving in the IDF are women, including 23 percent of all officers and non-commissioned officers. Ninety percent of the IDF’s jobs are open to women.

Brig. Gen. Tevet-Wiesel’s presentation interested several representatives, who approached her during the conference to ask questions. Participants from Norway, where a required service law will take effect in 2015, inquired about the success of integrating women into the military. Other questions addressed the integration of female combat soldiers and their training in Israel.

“Israel has a respectable place in the world with regard to women’s issues, and the representatives are interested in understanding what’s happening in Israel,” Brig. Gen. Tevet-Wiesel explained in an interview after the conference. “Many of them asked to be in touch with us in the future.”

The women’s affairs adviser stressed that although Israel does not hold membership in NATO, the annual conference contributes significantly to the IDF. “It’s interesting to hear what happens in other countries,” says Brig. Gen. Tevet-Wiesel. “The conversation was very productive, because it’s a subject that interests everyone.”

Statistics regarding women in the IDF

Statistics regarding women in the IDF

Cadets training to become Infantry Instructors prepare outside their tent in the Negev with their equipment for a “War Week” — an intensive week of drills simulating a war situation.

“Our sense is that there is a strong desire to listen and learn,” she added. “The representatives were very interested in the IDF’s support center for women, and our placement of a women’s adviser in every unit of the IDF. This is something that doesn’t exist in any other military. There’s a lot to learn from us on the subject.”

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31 Responses to “Women in the IDF: Global Model for Women in the Military”

  1. Now that’s the way you do it USA – are you listening Hagel, et.al.

  2. TO STRONG LION KING OF ISRAEL AMEN

  3. Russian female soldier :)

  4. Russian female soldiers :)

  5. Marc Guerin says:

    A woman has No Business in war,,,, Especially on front Lines, in Battle..If you knew what battallions of men do to one woman prisoner, All Men in all Military do this Torture , to Captured women and The torture that is done to The Girls…You would never let your daughters go. into battle…..Or would you ?..

  6. Marc Guerin says:

    In war Women and Children are Killed, By all countries, Not Just Israel and Usa…All War is Terrible and Innocents die, Women and Children are tortured and Raped by all Militaries..

  7. no other military has mandatory recruitment for WOMEN!

  8. Beauty, Brave,,,probably smart,,,,,,,,just the kind of woman that scares the crap out of the democrats in my USA .

  9. the israely girl are the most beautiful in the world

  10. Ralf Josephy says:

    So lasse ich mich gerne beschützen – ich warte mit Sir Roger More gerne auf die Ankunftrate.

  11. Ann Snider says:

    Amen! Miriam! God Bless Israel!

  12. Kenneth Funk says:

    Thank God he is with his people the Israelis, to help them fight those evil children of satan, the muslims.

  13. Adam Green says:

    one of the most advanced societies in the world… Am Israel Chai!

  14. Kenneth Funk says:

    Eliran Zormagen, allah is satan masquerading as your god, break out from the bondage of his lie, islam, to deceive humans into killing God’s people, the Jew’s and the christians!

  15. I’m a Russian evangelical baptist christian, God bless Israel!!!

  16. GOD BLESS THE WOMEN WARRIORS OF ISRAEL AND PROTECT, CONGRATULATIONS IDF PRAY FOR ALL, SHALOM!

  17. Brave Women! G-d bless and keep them safe!!!

  18. I AGREE, ISRAEL DOES IT RIGHT.

  19. Miguel Maia says:

    God bless the women like Angels of Israel!

  20. Justice, Truth, Honesty for women in the military! Look for it only in Israel!

  21. Jesse Long says:

    I am sorry, but if you do not leave room for the Christians that also helped you even GET your land, then YOU do not belong on it, plain and simple, Alan Berdjis! The Christians and the Jews are a part of the SAME movement, and you will either get on that bus or it will make you roadkill, so says the Holy Scriptures, and ditto for so-called “Christians” that hate Jews simply because they are Jews and that also hate the land of Israel, period, full stop.

  22. John Wayne says:

    SHE IS A BRAVE AND BEAUTIFUL LADY GOD BLESS ISRAEL

  23. Jesse Long says:

    I do not oppose the Jews having land in the nation of Israel, let alone a single-state Israel, but when Jews get unjustly angry at the Christians, then that is a HUGE problem for myself and for those people that are also Christians that want to defend your country. Finally, the Holy Scriptures forbids taking oaths and we are already honor, duty, and Scripturally bound to defend the nation of Israel, so an oath to do what we are already commanded to do is pointless, counterproductive, and it is also something that is forced on the free will of people as well as simply an outright violation of the Holy Scriptures.

  24. Jesse Long says:

    Hey, people, did you know that Deborah was one of the first recorded military leaders in human history that was female?

  25. Jesse Long says:

    Eliran Zormagen, are you serious or are you just plain horrible at your comedy routine, sir? Were it the latter, I would recommend a nice, round, and padded white room, a nice and special kind of jacket, and some visits by some men in nice white coats and were it the latter, then I would recommend that you not quit your day job because in comparison to Andrew Dice Clay, you would make him look like Gabriel Iglesias!

  26. Jesse Long says:

    You have no business being in the human species, Marc Guerin! YAHWEH EL ELOHIM not only openly permitted women to serve in combat, but He also made one by the name of Deborah become the de facto chief general of the ENTIRE Israelite army as well as the inventor of three VERY critical military strategies, which, by the way, are STILL used to this day by military forces that are all across the world. These things are called guerrilla warfare, night time warfare, and the pincer formation. YAHWEH EL ELOHIM has no room for either feminist OR chauvinist pigs in His Kingdom, PERIOD, full stop!

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