19 March 2008

Israel to Host Talks on Women in the Military in September 2008

IDF General Staff Adviser on Female Affairs Brigadier-General Yehudit Grisaro will host an international conference on the role of women in the military in Israel in September. Participants in the three-day conference will visit IDF bases and hear from female soldiers. Lectures will focus on women’s experience in the military in countries worldwide.

Grisaro explained that Israel was a natural location for the conference due to the relatively high level of female integration in the IDF. Israel has drafted women since the state was founded, she said, and 38 percent of IDF soldiers and 26 percent of officers are women.

As you've probably already heard, Israel drafts all men and women into the IDF at the age of 18. Men serve three years in the IDF, while women serve two. The IDF allows women who volunteer for combat positions to serve for three years because combat soldiers must undergo a lengthy period of training. Women in other positions, such as programmers, who require lengthy training time may also serve three years. Women in most combat positions are also required to serve as reserve for several years after their release from active service.
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