Female soldiers show off ‘military assets’
New recruits disciplined for uploading racy photos to Facebook; latest in series of incidents involving social media
By TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF and AP
June 2, 2013, 10:44 pm
The Israeli military said Sunday that it has disciplined a group of female soldiers who posed on their base for provocative photos in underwear and posted the images on Facebook.
The incident was the latest in a string of episodes involving young Israeli soldiers on social media that have drawn reprimand from the military.
sraeli news site Walla said the women were new recruits stationed on a base in southern Israel. The picture showed the soldiers removing their fatigue uniforms to expose their underwear and back sides.
The story has been shared widely in Arab media, albeit often with a heavily censored version of the photograph.
In a similar picture from 2012, five women posed in what appeared to be a barracks room, dressed only in helmets and their combat vests. The faces of the soldiers were blurred in the photos.
The IDF told The Times of Israel the young women had acted in a manner that showed “unbecoming behavior” for Israeli soldiers. “The commanding officers disciplined the soldiers as they saw fit,” it said.
The statement did not identify the soldiers or give any details about the punishments. Military officials said the base conducted educational lectures to keep soldiers from repeating the offense.
Several times in recent years, the Israeli military has disciplined soldiers for what were considered improper postings in social media sites. (continued)