By YAAKOV LAPPIN for JPost
Oshrat Bachar will be promoted to rank of Lieut.-Col and will head
Eitam battalion, tasked with monitoring terror in Sinai Peninsula
IDF has appointed its first female battalion commander, Maj. Oshrat
Bachar, who will head a Combat Intelligence unit in the Southern Command
along the border with Egypt.
Maj. Bachar will be promoted to the
rank of Lieut.-Col, and will take charge of a battalion named Eitam,
tasked with monitoring hostile terrorist activity in the Sinai
Peninsula. She began her military career as a lookout soldier in the
Combat Intelligence Corps, and went on to become a company commander in
the field. From there, she became an instructor at the IDFs Combat
Intelligence School, before serving as a department head in the office
of the advisor on to the chief of staff on womens' affairs.
Bachar is currently completing a course on command and special staff at
Glilot, and will then go on to begin a battalion commander's couse.
husband, Maj. Ohad Bachar, told an army publication in recent days that
they both shared the goal of becoming battalion commanders, and praised
his wife for "realizing her ambitions and making a breakthrough as the
first woman in the role."
During a conference for recruiting
women to Combat Intelligence units in 2008, Bachar told young women that
"this is your opportunity to be pioneers in the issue, and to build
another brick in this new and powerful wall."