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Women in Israel:
In the Israel Defense Forces


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Israel is the only country in the world that requires women to serve in the armed forces. This obligation supports the ethos of the IDF as the nation’s army and instills a profound sense that the entire society contributes to the security of the country.

Today, women make up 34% of all soldiers, 57% of all officers and 92% of positions in the IDF are available for female soldiers - numbers unparalleled worldwide. Additionally, eight times the number of women on active duty serve in reserves and females at the rank of Colonel has grown by 100% in the past decade.

From 2010 to 2014, the number of women joining the IDF straight out of Israel's state religious school system doubled, from 935 to 1,830. The number of religious female soldiers in combat roles saw a 71% increase from 2013 to 2015, and during this same period the number of religious female officers in the IDF increased 30%.

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