At the coffeeshop today, I noticed one of the baristas had a Hebrew name, Yael. I pointed out that she had the same handle as the Israeli singer, Yael Naïm, who sung that catchy/annoying song New Soul. (Note to all y’all southern readers, Yael is not pronounced Y’all.)
The barista told me she was part Israeli and had served in a combat division in the IDF. There are two kinds of divisions, she said, in the combat corps. All men and the mixed division, like hers, called Caracal.
I then chatted with her about that study, the one talking about how men act differently in combat when women are nearby. It really was pioneering:
“For example, it is a common misperception that Israel allows women in combat units. In fact, women have been barred from combat in Israel since 1950, when a review of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War showed how harmful their presence could be. The study revealed that men tried to protect and assist women rather than continue their attack. As a result, they not only put their own lives in greater danger, but also jeopardized the survival of the entire unit. The study further revealed that unit morale was damaged when men saw women killed and maimed on the battlefield,” John Luddy said
The barista seemed very surprised that someone had heard of the study. I thought it was rather common knowledge. My policy as always on this topic: no special waivers for doing the job. If a woman can carry her load, she gets the billet. But standards are standards.