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International Women's Day: combat training with the Israeli armed forces

The Israeli armed forces are among the most advanced in the world in terms of opportunities for female combatants.

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International Women's Day: combat training with the Israeli armed forces

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The Israeli armed forces are among the most advanced in the world in terms of opportunities for female combatants.

Around 85% of fighting roles are open to female recruits and around 7 percent of combat personnel are women.

“I think that the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) is very advanced by giving women equal opportunities,” Lieutenant-Colonel Oshrat Bachar, an adviser to the office of the chief of staff on gender issues, told Reuters at the Defence Ministry in Tel Aviv.

“I believe that we are much more advanced than other armies in the world because (service) is mandatory and of course because we believe in equal rights,” she said.

Israeli men and women are conscripted at the age of 18, with men serving three years and women two.