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IDF fields fourth mixed-gender infantry battalion (2017)

John Kettler

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Was looking for Russian/Soviet training films on DailyMotion, and this got kicked up when I used KW "battalion". The IDF approach to having female infantry is not the same as the way the US trains female soldiers and Marines. Unlike the US, where both genders must meet the male standards, their loads are lighter, their marches shorter to accommodate the physiological differences. IDF brass, at least back then, were taking serious heat but stood to their guns because of the huge leverage afforded by having a much larger pool of potential soldiers to draw upon. There are female combat infantry commanders who command men as well as women. Something I found remarkable was the extraordinary heterogeneousness of the troops. As a bonus, there's some great imagery of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitznefet_(Israeli_military) and other IDF kit.


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