The Israeli military is considered one of the best in the world, and every citizen must serve in it in order to keep their citizenship. One of the main distinctions of Israeli conscription is that it includes women. While a portion are exempt for a variety of reasons, often religious, most serve their time, and many are assigned to infantry combat units that put them directly in harm's way.
The CNN report below is an interesting look at Israeli women soldiers and why they are just as capable as their male counterparts. They certainly don't lack confidence. Staff Sgt. Davida Loecher makes her case:
That's the reason I came to combat unit. To prove that women can do it. Just to show them that I can be better and I can do more. And I could tell you that a lot of girls in this unit could take guys in a lot of missions, take guys physically, mentally.