The commander of the armored forces with graduates of the course of 2018 Photo: IDF spokesman
The chief of staff of the IDF Lieutenant-General Aviv Kohavi accepted the recommendation of the commander of the land forces on the recruitment of women in the tank corps. In November of this year, 60 Israeli women will begin training on the relevant courses, after which the service will be held on the Egyptian border, reports “Hadashot”.
Recall that a pilot project to train women tank began three years ago, when 30 candidates were selected 15. As a result of further screening the commanders of the tanks were only four. The program was developed to find out whether women could make the tank crew of four for “standard transaction security” on the borders of Israel, but not in war or in operations deep behind enemy lines.
It should be noted that girls and used to be a driving instructor tanks, but the crews did not allow them, believing that women can’t handle physical exertion.
Future tankistam congratulations on the completion of the course
Not to say that everyone accepted the idea with enthusiasm. So the hero of the Yom Kippur War, General Avigdor Kahalani said that the tanks — not for women, whose role is “to bring children into this world.” Former commander of the army of Israel, major-General yiftah Ron-tal even called the project “a conspiracy of left-wing freaks” to undermine the defense capability of the IDF, however, was later forced to apologize.
A former Rabbi of the IDF Yisrael Weiss said that putting the tank in the cab a man and a woman, the army will gain in nine months a small tanker. Military instantly reacted, stressing that it was never about the mixed crews.
Anyway, the pilot project was relatively successful, but… this “but” lies the main problem of women’s presence in the armored forces. In the case of injury or death of one of takestock it will be able to replace another woman, so the IDF must have the staff. 60 prezunic and will be the resource from which are formed the female crews.
The combat vehicle. Photo: Eden Briand, the press service of the IDF
The training will be conducted on the tanks “Merkava-4”, given the specific needs and opportunities of women in terms of physical training, nutrition, etc.
Women in combat units of the IDF has long been not exotic — two years ago, 35-year-old pilot, a mother of two children, was appointed commander of the squadron, not long ago, the lady had headed the intelligence section of the Central military district, recently, a woman came to the commander of the army, women serve in the Navy, seven ladies received the rank of Brigadier General, and colonels account goes on tens.