Setting the Bar: From Gymnastics Champion to IDF Commander

 Lt. Amit Danon, gymnastic champion and combat officer

Photo: Lt. Amit Danon, gymnastic champion and combat officer. IDF.

July 11, 2013

“Lt. Amit Danon was the Israeli national champion in rhythmic gymnastics when she enlisted in the IDF.

After embarking on her path as a soldier, she decided to leave her previous life behind and became a combat officer in the mixed-gender Caracal Battalion.

Last week, Lt. Amit Danon made history by becoming the first woman to lead a platoon in the combat squad commanders course of the IDF’s School for Infantry Corps Professions and Squad Commanders.

Lt. Danon, who was nicknamed “the princess” in her neighborhood, believes that women can and should be leading officers and commanders in the IDF. She is not afraid to dream big. “A woman can definitely serve as the Chief of Staff,” Lt. Danon says.”

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