The IDF’S First Female Field Doctor

Captain Gal Vaknin remembers every detail from the interview she had with the commander of the 52nd Battalion of the 401st Armored Brigade.

“You have to picture the situation,” recounts Vaknin. “I’ve barely sat down when he starts drilling me: ‘Let’s say war breaks out – what’s your reaction?’ So I respond, ‘What do you mean? I quickly grab my medical gear and equipment and gather everyone. I do whatever needs to be done.’ He looks at me for a second and then says, ‘Ok, very good.’ When I ask him what he expected me to say, he tells me, ‘I just wanted to make sure you weren’t planning on running away.’ ‘No way,’ I reply. ‘My first responsibility is to the battalion and my soldiers above all else.’”


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