Female mechanical engineering student to receive medal for outstanding service in IDF reserves

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot will present Major (res.) Karin Afriat with a special medal in recognition of her outstanding service today. A total of 150 soldiers and reservists will receive the same medal.
Karin Afriat Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot will present soldiers and reservists with a special medal in recognition of their outstanding service on Monday. Among the 150 outstanding soldiers and reservists is Major (res.) Karin Afriat, who reports for over 40 army days in a year even though she is a full-time university student.

28-year-old Afriat, who is studying mechanical engineering, manages to meet the demanding requirements of her studies and serve as a company commander in the Alexandroni Brigade. In 2014, she reported for over 60 army days. Most of these days were during Operation Protective Edge.

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“There’s no one who will do the work for us,” she told Channel 2 Online. “It’s not always easy to combine my sophomore year studies and the army. [But] with time, you learn to combine the two.”

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