Religious women on the rise at IDF officer school

46 religiously observant women soldiers are currently studying to become IDF officers, up from 25 in 2010.

By
December 5, 2011 23:27
1 minute read.
Illustrative photo: Soldier praying.

311_Army chick praying. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The number of religious women at the IDF Bahd 1 Officer Training School is growing, with the figure climbing by nearly 100 percent in the past year alone.

According to the latest statistics, 46 religiously observant women soldiers are currently studying to become IDF officers at Bahd 1, which is located near Mitzpe Ramon. In 2010, only 25 religious women were studying at the school.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
Religious cadets axed from officers course
'Exclusion of women is form of violence'

The increase in female cadets follows the sharp climb in the percentage of male religious soldiers in recent years. According to a senior officer at the school, 40% of cadets training to become officers in the Infantry Corps are religious.

“It is a pleasure to see the increase in the number of religious female cadets in the school,” the senior officer said.

“It requires us to set up a separate company for women and for men in some courses but it is well worth it.”

Religious women have the option of receiving an exemption from military service, but the IDF Manpower Directorate has made a concerted effort in recent years to “open” a number of attractive jobs for religious female soldiers.



In related news, Bahd 1 commander Col. Eran Niv recently allowed two soldiers, who had been expelled from the school earlier this year for walking out of a ceremony where a female singer was performing, to rejoin the officer training course.

The senior officer said that Niv made his decision after the two soldiers – who had disobeyed their commander’s direct order to remain in the ceremony – took responsibility for what they did and expressed regret.

“It is completely forbidden to disobey orders unless they are unlawful orders,” the officer said.

“We need to safeguard the status quo between religious and secular soldiers in the IDF and that requires all sides to make compromises.”

Related Content

idf hebron
August 22, 2014
Palestinians throw Molotov cocktail at IDF checkpoint in Hebron

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, TOVAH LAZAROFF