Report: Only a third of IDF draftees complete full service

November 9, 2010 12:21

A report released by the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies says that Israel may need a 'professional army' as opposed to a 'citizens' army' in order to succeed in its mission.

The author of the paper, Boaz Arad, says that the IDF is no longer a citizens' army and has not been so for a long time, but the image it still projects as such is damaging and causes inter-society tensions.The figures analyzed in the report show that today, only a third of those drafted each year complete a full term of IDF service, with the other 70% either being granted an exemption or a shortened term.

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