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30% of Religious-Zionist Girls Join IDF, and the IDF Needs More

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Approximately 30% of young women who graduate from Religious-Zionist High Schools go on to join the IDF, according to a report in Makor Rishon. From the remainder, the majority do a year or two of National Service.

Among the general population, 42% of women don’t join the IDF.

For the IDF Manpower Division, 30% of the Religious-Zionist women simply just isn’t enough, and they are looking for ways to significantly increase that number.

The primary fears among Religious-Zionist women is that IDF service is incompatible with a religious life-style, alongside the longstanding stereotype that one of the primary missions of women in the IDF is to make coffee for the officers.

The IDF plans to take steps to make IDF service more attractive to incoming Religious-Zionist girls, including opening new IDF career paths, making sure their religious rights are guaranteed, ensuring prayer times, the option to wear skirts instead of pants, and trying to group Religious-Zionist recruits together, so they’ll feel more comfortable.

In addition, according to the plan, Religious-Zionist girls may be given the option to appear before a special religious committee to change units, and potentially, to even opt out of the army, if they find their current unit, or the IDF as a whole, to disparate and incompatible with their religious lifestyle.

The IDF wants to ensure that there will be Halachic oversight for Religious-Zionist women, and be able to handle any questions or problems that may arise for them.

The IDF is even making a point of letting Religious-Zionist girls know they’d be getting important jobs, and won’t end up making coffee for someone.

In 2011, 1,500 Religious-Zionist young women went to the IDF, in 2012 that number rose to 1,800.

A survey done by “Aluma” of Religious-Zionist women serving in the IDF found that 85% of them felt that the IDF service did not negatively affect their religiosity, and some even found their Judaism strengthened by their IDF service.

The IDF can do that for that you.

Photo by: Matan Hakimi /IDF Spokesperson / Flash 90

Photo by: Matan Hakimi /IDF Spokesperson / Flash 90

Aren’t They Gorgeous?

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Sometimes, in this country, when things are going crazy all around us, and our worries are riddles with worries, and our anxieties threaten to overwhelm our sanity, we just need to look at our children.

What a fine bunch of children we’ve raised here. Sweet, and honest, and bursting with joy.

You’re worried about the future? Here, take a look – this is the future.

Six Women Are IDF’s ‘Model’ Soldiers

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Six of 20 nominees for this years’ Miss Israel pageant are IDF soldiers.

Sgt. Gaya Shukun, one of the nominees, sees her participation in the competition as a mission, the IDF’s official blogger wrote.

“I have a feeling that a lot of the models join the competition because they want to represent their country,” she said.

“Now that I’m in the army, I have a better insight into the real Israel. I see how badly we’re portrayed in the international arena, and as an IDF soldier, I feel a responsibility to better explain what really happens here.”

Sgt. Adi Levy says that her fellow soldiers are all behind her. “When I got into the competition, my commanders were really supportive. Their encouragement is something I really appreciated.”

Second Sgt. Zoe Rousal is even more candid about what the competition means to her. “It doesn’t matter how much s— our country has to eat, every year there will always be a pageant,” she says. “It’s a change from all the wars and the problems . It doesn’t matter what happens, there will always be a beauty queen.”

The armed forces’ women have been good PR for Israel. The United States and other countries have looked to the IDF to understand how women take over positions that once were considered off limits.

The IDF has a women’s combat unit, and a woman is among parachute instructors, while hundreds of others learn technical skills on the college level to make Air Force lanes and missiles are in working order.

One Home Front commander completed the traditional and rugged beret march – while seven months pregnant.

If one of the Miss Israel pageant nominees wins and goes on to the Miss Universe contest, the IDF’s image will improve even more.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/six-women-are-idfs-model-soldiers/2013/02/27/

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