IDF Combat Positions Opened to Women, by Year

Year Position
1995 Pilots.
1996 Combat soldiers in the Border Police.
1997 Combat soldiers in anti-aircraft units; naval officers.
2000 Combat soldiers in the Caracal unit (the first mixed-gender combat unit); combat soldiers in the Combat Rescue, Evacuation, and Airborne Medicine Unit; combat soldiers in the Artillery Corps.
2001 Parachuting instructors.
2003 Combat soldiers in the Oketz (canine) unit; battalion communications officers.
2006 Combat soldiers in the field intelligence collection unit.
2015 Combat soldiers in the Lions of the Jordan Valley unit.
2017 Combat soldiers in the Lion of the Valley unit (the fourth mixed-gender battalion).
2018 The first five women were recruited to combat navy positions on “Yasur 6” missile ships. A sixth female soldier would join the other women at the end of basic training.
2019 A woman was appointed to the position of Commanding Intelligence Officer (Central Command).
2019 A woman was appointed Battalion Commander in a regular regiment (Northern Bashan Regiment).
May 2020 1st female Battalion Commander in artillery corps.

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