While looking for something completely different, I just happened across this photograph of two IDF infantry instructors preparing for a combat exercise. The IDF’s Flickr stream describes their program thus:
The Infantry Instructors Course includes a “Field Week” during which soldiers experience drills, live fire, combat exercises, sleeping out in the open, and other aspects of operational activity. The course is held in the Infantry Training School in southern Israel and is attended mostly by girls.
I could deliver a disquisition here about women in the Israeli army and gender roles in Israel as refracted through the common experience of the army, but we can talk about that another time. I’ll say just that these young women look beautiful and happy, and it looks as though they’re having a lot of fun.