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Monday, September 08, 2008
It would be too easy to boost my stats by showing some pictures of IDF girls with guns. But I'm not going to. And certainly it would be an interesting to discuss if girls belong in the army, or in combat positions, and so on. But I'm not going to discuss that either.

I just took a hop over to the regional command bunker for my area to check to it out.

Very cool.

Big screens everywhere, advanced communication systems, advanced tracking systems, constant crackling and beeps from the various radios, phones, walkie-talkies, and other comm systems, and a bunch of rifles piled in a corner. The whole works.

And the whole thing is manned by Sheirut Leumi girls (under adult supervision). These girls are the main points of contact between the police, army, MDA, the Yishuvim, and other relevant authorities.

There happened to have been a small event while I was there, and I got to see it all in action.

There is absolutely no way I would be able to do what these girls are doing.

They kept track of all the relevant personnel in the field. They kept the information flowing between the various disconnected emergency response units. They directed the forces to their proper locations. They were literally running the entire show, and they knew what they were doing.

A bunch of 18 year old Sheirut Leumi girls.

It was quite impressive.

(And they definitely weren't dressed in IDF green handing out coffee and waffles to their commanding officers.)


Leah Goodman said...

It's certainly an interesting approach towards dealing with the issues of females in the IDF (abuse, lack of tzniyut, etc) vs. the ability and desire of young women to contribute to the military in a significant way.

Risa Tzohar said...

Tell me again, what the difference is between this and army service? Is it about the clothes that they are wearing? Who are the 'adults' in charge? Who deals with the social and spiritual needs of these girls? What about this service is constructive and adds to their development personally and religiously?
If this is only about keeping them away from lecherous you guys then it is definitely NOT enough.
The difference between sherut leumi and the army has to be more than where they burn up a year or two after high school and whatever comes next.

Risa Tzohar said...

That should read lecherous young guys. (but they could be old too)

Anonymous said...

First of all, the girls live in an all girls caravan in a Yishuv. They are all religious If they don't live at home, or travel to work). They are working in a Yishuv. They are working in an environment that respects them. They are there because they are needed, not because there is an excess of manpower and they need to be put somewhere. The adults in charge are the regional settlement security department - which includes professional men and women.

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