Today the IDF (Zahal), along with the rest of the world, celebrates International Women’s Day. Since the War of Independence, women have played a vital role in the country’s defense, filling many important positions ranging from combat soldiers to emergency instructors.

Today we present you with a look at some of the most remarkable women serving in the IDF (Zahal).

IDF (Zahal) Celebrates 2012 International Women’s Day

Chen – Combat soldier in the elite Canine Unit “Oketz”

IDF (Zahal) Celebrates 2012 International Women’s Day

Dafna Shilon – Aerial Operations Coordinator

IDF (Zahal) Celebrates 2012 International Women’s Day

Ella Sirotinsky – Military Advocate General Prosecutor

IDF (Zahal) Celebrates 2012 International Women’s Day

Shirat Goler – Bereaved Families’ Liaison Officer

IDF (Zahal) Celebrates 2012 International Women’s Day

Yaffa Ananiya – Commander at a crossing in Judea and Samaria

IDF (Zahal) Celebrates 2012 International Women’s Day

Amit Assenheim – Social Welfare NCO

IDF (Zahal) Celebrates 2012 International Women’s Day

Shai Ya’akobovich – Combat Fitness Officer

IDF (Zahal) Celebrates 2012 International Women’s Day

Moran Droker Yarovich – Doctor and Clinic Commander

IDF (Zahal) Celebrates 2012 International Women’s Day

Eden Chen – Inspector in Personal Security Unit

IDF (Zahal) Celebrates 2012 International Women’s Day

Karin Ovadia – Maritime regional control commander