In first, female IDF soldiers can choose between high or low waisted uniform

IDF says that during the draft, female soldiers will receive three sets of uniforms according to their choice; the military also mulls replacing current unisex combat boots for female troops

Yoav Zitun|
The Israeli military said Sunday that for the first time female soldiers will be able to choose between two kinds of uniforms, including a choice between high or low-waisted pants, starting next August.
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  • According to the IDF, during the draft, female soldiers in the Israeli Ground Forces will receive three sets of uniforms, according to their choice.
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    האפשרויות החדשות של החיילות בעת הגיוס
    האפשרויות החדשות של החיילות בעת הגיוס
    Girls traditionally uniform on the left, boys' uniform on the right
    (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
    The choice will be between a two-pocket pair of pants and a two-pocket shirt, similar to boys' uniform, or a pair of pants with back pockets and a shirt with one pocket similar to current girls' uniform. The female troops could also ask to combine the items from the two options.
    Female soldiers in the Israeli Air Force or Israeli Navy will be able to choose either front-pocket pants with a two-pocket shirt, or two-pocket pants with a one-pocket shirt.
    Soldiers who are already in service, and have more than six months of service left, will be able to receive an additional uniform of their choice. The IDF said that the distribution method has not yet been determined.
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    האפשרויות החדשות של החיילות בעת הגיוס
    האפשרויות החדשות של החיילות בעת הגיוס
    The experimental boots
    (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
    In addition, the IDF said that they decided to implement the use of "experimental" boots for female troops. The pilot will begin in January, and the boots will be distributed to several soldiers to examine their comfort. If the pilot is successful, all the soldiers will receive a pair in the November 2023 draft cycle.
    Meanwhile, apart from the girls' uniforms reform, the Israeli Ground Forces decided to stop handing out special enlisting kits for new combat recruits due to budget cuts. The kit was given to tens of thousands of IDF troops each day on the day of draft.
    The kits contained an advanced tourniquet with a pressure point and the possibility of putting it directly on clothing; an innovative elastic personal bandage; protective goggles to prevent shrapnel pieces from hitting the eyes; and earplugs. These means helped in hundreds of cases to save lives, especially in preventing blood loss, one of the major causes of death among combatants in action.
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