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The Pink Tank in the Room: The Role of Religious Considerations in the discussion of Women’s Combat service – The Case of the Israel Defense Forces

Version 1 : Received: 24 August 2020 / Approved: 25 August 2020 / Online: 25 August 2020 (11:26:52 CEST)

How to cite: Rosman, E. The Pink Tank in the Room: The Role of Religious Considerations in the discussion of Women’s Combat service – The Case of the Israel Defense Forces. Preprints 2020, 2020080547 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0547.v1). Rosman, E. The Pink Tank in the Room: The Role of Religious Considerations in the discussion of Women’s Combat service – The Case of the Israel Defense Forces. Preprints 2020, 2020080547 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0547.v1).

Abstract

Women serve in diverse roles in the 21st century militaries of the world. They are no longer banned exclusively from combat. The presence of women on the battlefield has raised religious arguments and considerations. What role do religious arguments play in the discussion regarding women’s military service? The current paper examines this question in the context of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF): a conscription-based military that conscripts both men and women, religious and secular, for both combat and non-combat postings. Using the case of the pilot program in the IDF attempting to integrate women in the Israeli tank corps, the paper argues that religious considerations serve the same purpose as functional considerations and can be amplified or lessened, as needed.

Subject Areas

military; IDF; female soldiers; religion and the military; religious considerations; religious women’s conscription

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