Five Facts About Women in the IAF

Archive photo: IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson

The IAF is one of the IDF (Zahal) corps with the highest female presence, including in combat duties

Date: 08/03/2011, 1:34 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

1. Recent figures show that women represent 31% of all IAF staff, serving in 7% of the combat positions (such as pilots or battery commanders in the anti-aircraft forces), 15% of the technical positions (such as avionics technicians and technical aids), 27% of all administrative positions and 47% of all flight support positions.

2. The IAF was among the first corps to assign women combat positions, soldiers being integrated into the anti-aircraft units. Since 1995, women have had the opportunity to follow the path of fighter pilots as a result of the well-publicized Supreme Court appeal by candidate Alice Miller.

3. In 1998, the first woman following the Alice Miller case graduated the fighter pilots’ course, bringing an end to prevailing myths about women in the IAF. Today, however, most women pilots hold the position of transport pilots and few complete the highly competitive fighter pilots’ course.

4. In the early 70’s, women were already being trained for technical air force duties in courses after high school.

5. Flight technician Sgt. Karen Tandler’s death during the Second Lebanon War in 2006 is a tragic example of women’s profound contribution to the corps.