The number of female recruits who want to fight in Gaza is growing

Gaza / Photo EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED SABER

The IDF says it has seen a massive turnout of female recruits training in combat units amid the war in the Gaza Strip.

Over the past week, the IDF has been recruiting young women into various combat units where female soldiers can currently serve.

The IDF says it has seen a response rate of over 100 percent and that 12 percent of women leading combat units requested it during the war.

It said Border Defense Corps light infantry units had a 116 percent response rate and the corps' combat intelligence gathering units 133 percent.

The artillery corps recorded a 132 percent response; the Air Force Air Defense array recorded 101 percent; search and rescue units on the Home Front recorded 122 per cent; and the Border Police recorded 119 percent.

The IDF says the first two female recruits recently completed screening tests for the Air Force's elite 669 helicopter search and rescue unit and will be posted to the unit later this month. They will then undergo a year and eight months of training, and if they complete it, they will be the first female soldiers in Unit 669.

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