Military service for men may be cut by 2 months

MILITARY service for men in Israel may be reduced again.

The Israel Defence Forces is considering shortening service by two months.

This comes just three years after mandatory service was cut from 36 months to 32.

Women will continue to serve a total of 24 months.

Men served 36 months in the IDF for many years, but in 2015 their compulsory service was cut down to 32.

The additional reduction of time is intended to allow for longer service by elite soldiers in units while allowing soldiers in less essential positions to start their studies and civilian life earlier.

The IDF pointed out that by the end of 2018 there will be a record number of officers in technological roles.

Media reports said that the finance ministry demanded that service be cut down to 28 months to save billions of shekels, but the IDF argued against it.

Construction Minister Yoav Galant has said that the further cuts would endanger Israel’s security.

“Shortening service by an additional two months, following the four months by which it has already been shortened, is equivalent to a reduction of a quarter of the standing army,” he added.

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