When they aren’t busy drilling with troops who can be from the elite Shayetet 13 to troops from the Golani or Paratrooper brigades, the women of the Red Unit are busy studying Israel’s enemies.
Col. Liron Donnell will be promoted to Brigadier General, making her the 7th woman to hold such a rank in the IDF
Women were combat soldiers on the front lines in the Independence Day War.
Some 37% of Israelis support opening all IDF combat roles to women.
The Air Force's prestigious pilot's course is notoriously difficult, and a vast majority of cadets don't make it to graduation.
“The IDF should take another step and adopt the law to open all roles to all genders without compromising on set professional standards.”
Decision on the program is expected by mid-2022
The committee led by Ground Forces Head Maj.-Gen. Yoel Strick comes in response to petition by four teenagers asking High Court to force IDF to allow women to try out for combat units
While co-ed battalions used to be considered an exception, the situation today is different, and the IDF's current need for female fighters is described as a critical operational need.