In the past year, a significant increase has been marked in the number of female recruits to the technical formation of the IAF. In order to decrease the physical load required for their jobs, all technicians will now receive newer, lighter equipment
Mai Resh and Shir Golan
The increase in the number of women recruited to the technical formation of the IAF has brought on good news for both men and women technicians: Lighter, newer, more sophisticated working equipment will soon replace their current heavy, less efficient equipment. Amongst the new items you will find aluminum ladders that will replace the immobile current ones, wheelies to help transport heavy fuel pipes, lightweight flashlights and compact inflation carts.
The goal of the project is to decrease the physical load demanded for these technical jobs, which is particularly difficult for women with smaller physiques that prevent them from carrying heavier loads. “With the older equipment I had a difficult time working, both physically and because I felt like I had to rely on the guys to do my job”, says Sergeant Sandra Azaryeb, a plane mechanic in the “Knights of the Orange Tail” squadron. “With the new equipment it’s an entirely different story. The effort is lessened and the work more efficient, because I don’t need to look for people to help me carry the equipment. I do my job with a smile on my face”.
In the past year, there has been a significant increase in the number of female recruits to the technical formation. “The people needed this change”, says Captain Shai Amar, who is responsible for the project from the ground wing of the force’s logistics unit. Members of the wing hope that the reception of equipment will help additional women integrate into the technical formation, and that the number of female technicians continues to increase.