IDF reports increase in both combat motivation and draft dodging

IDF reports increase in

November 22, 2009 14:43

Noting a six percent increase in motivation among youth to enlist in combat units and a continued drop in overall draft numbers, the IDF began its November draft on Sunday as hundreds of youths - among them 270 olim - arrived at the Tel Hashomer Induction Center to enlist in the decorated Golani Brigade. According to the IDF, 73.7 percent of November recruits eligible for combat service expressed their wish to serve in fighting units - the highest percentage in decades. The number of draft dodgers, however, was also said to have increased in recent years. Showing support for the new recruits at the Tel Hashomer Induction Center were IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and members of the FADC.

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