History was made this week, when IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi appointed a female to the position of Chief Intelligence Officer for the IDF regional command.
Identified only as “Major General N.,” after the first initial of her name, due to security concerns, is the first female officer in IDF history to lead an intelligence division at a Command level.
Major General N. stated that she “continues to advance proudly in the field of operational intelligence in the field and in military units. Proud to serve in the intelligence corps and excited about the responsibility. Thanking my commanders for the appointment.“
According to Israeli local media reports, she was drafted into the IDF in 2000 and served in a number of positions within Military Intelligence.
The issue of women’s integration into the military has long been a matter of contention especially regarding the issue of integrating women into combat roles. In 2016, the Israeli military decided to test women’s ability to serve in infantry and special forces units. In January 2017, Israel’s first female tank operators completed their training.
Currently, women comprise 33% of all IDF soldiers and 51% of its officers, fulfilling various roles within the ground, navy and air forces. 92% of all IDF units are open to women.