The army’s Personnel Directorate and Ground Forces are promoting a program to recruit female soldiers for combat positions that were not available for women until now, Ynet learned Sunday.

GOC Army Headquarters Commander Major-General Guy Zur, who recently entered office, initiated the ground-breaking program and turned to commanders of the head corps headquarters, including infantry and paratroopers, engineering and armored corps, and instructed them to hand recommendations by January on how to integrate female soldiers in combat positions under their jurisdiction.

Among the new roles examined by the IDF are positions of gunning tanks, operating heavy engineering machinery, including D-9 bulldozers, and clearing bombs in the Yahalom special elite combat engineering unit. […]