All over the world, it’s normal for men to serve in their country’s military, whether they do it by choice (enlistment) or by law (conscription). Israel is different: it’s the only country where military service is not just a choice, but an obligation for every male and female citizen. When you’re an Israeli citizen and you turn 18-years-old, saddle up! You’re reporting for duty!
Because of this duty to serve, young women make up close to twenty percent of the standing professional army. Wow.
Women have been serving in the militia in Israel even before the founding of the Israeli state. In fact, during WWII, over 4,000 women serving in the Israeli militia volunteered to serve in Britain. As one female veteran of WWII proudly recalled,”A girl becoming a driver in the British army was considered the height of boldness at the time!”