Israeli soldiers have one of the hardest jobs in the world. Being surrounded by enemies has caused them to be one of the best and most elite militaries and, no matter what your stance, has to be one of the most nerve-wracking positions in military history.
The Instagram page, @hotisraelarmygirls, was set up to display some of the most beautiful, and toughest, soldiers Israel has to offer. With over 60,000 followers, the page has displayed some of the women who make up one of the most diverse fighting forces to ever see the battlefield. Here are 12 of those women who are turning heads across the Internet.
#12. Alice Miller’s Breakthrough
The issue of gender equality first came up when a civilian pilot and aeronautical engineer named Alice Miller petitioned the country’s High Court of Justice to allow her to take Israeli Air Force pilot training tests. In 1996, there was a ruling in her favor even though President Ezer Weizman said she should be “staying at home and darning socks.”
#11. Women Allowed In The Military
The ruling led to a law that was passed allowing both men and women to serve a role in the country’s military. Women enlisted in droves for positions in infantry units, the Artillery Corps, and armored divisions and began to break the glass ceiling in the young developing country.
#10. The First Female Jet Fighter Pilot
The year after the law saw Roni Zuckerman become the first female fighter jet pilot in the country’s brief history. Her place in history is next to her grandparents who were among the leaders of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising during World War II proving one’s sense of duty and defense is definitely a family trait.
#9. Breaking The Glass Ceiling
In 2006, more pilots began passing the training courses joining the ranks of their male counterparts. They began to fill the holes needed in intelligence positions, as well as instructors and engineers. There was no job too small for Israeli women and they began to shape the military to the elite force it has become.
#8. The First Female Major General
Only five years later, Orna Barbivai was promoted to become the Israeli Defence Force’s first female Major General as commander of the Manpower Directorate. She had proven to women across the world that there is no job too small for anyone in the military and everyone can serve their country in a major capacity.