The Israeli army is the only one if the world that compulsory drafts women. At the age of 18 every man and woman in Israel joins the army. In most cases, women serve almost 2 years and men sever 3 years. If you are promoted to officer ranking it usually involves signing up for additional time in the army. Over the last 10 years many positions have opened up to women in the IDF. Today 90% of positions are open to men and women alike. This equal treatment allows women to have a meaningful military service in the IDF.
Being in the army is a once in a life time experience. It's quite amazing when you think about the responsibility that young men and women in Israel have on their soldiers at the age of 18. In celebration of international women day here is a brief look into the women of the IDF.