Christian Woman Joins Israel's Defense Force

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All Israeli Jews must serve in their country's military. However, a young, Christian woman has voluntarily left her modeling career to enlist in the Israel Defense Force.

Anna King, 20, traded modeling expensive wedding dresses and evening gowns for Israeli army fatigues.

"Before the army, I was offered a few contracts in Beijing and Europe and I decided to turn them down to actually go into the army," King said.

Instead of posing in front of a camera, Kings spends her time driving a Hummer outfitted as a tank on the streets of Baladia, a mock Arab village used to train Israeli soldiers for urban warfare.

Because King was born in Israel to American Christian parents, she's not obliged to serve in the IDF. Yet, King wanted to do her part to serve the country.

"I had a real dilemma -- if I wanted to be a true American, go to the States and study in college and actually develop this modeling career, or to do the Israeli path and go to the army and study here," she said.

"And I really thought about it. Prayed about it. And I felt this actually what I'm supposed to do," she said.

Deep in the Negev Desert, Baladia is the largest urban warfare training village in the world. Built with the West Bank and Gaza Strip in mind, it is also used by the U.S. and many other countries to train their troops.

King and her unit play a crucial role in preparing those soldiers for every possible battle scenario.

"I explain about the Hummer," King said. "How it comes into place. It's going to be a tank basically."

Her entire unit is made up of 150 females.

"There's really a spirit -- it's almost like a frat together," King added.

She said that sometimes telling male soldiers what to do can be a challenge.

"They're always girls that can't drive, but usually if we're good, then at the end they say it was the best time they had and they had a lot of fun and they learned a lot," she said.

Still, the training is more than a game.

"It's like a real war," she added. "It's very intense."

Fortunately, she has her faith to hold on to.

"I feel like God is with me here, but sometimes it's hard," King said.

After her two years of service, King said she may go back to her modeling career. But for now she's committed to spending her time on the narrow streets of Baladia.

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Julie Stahl

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