Haredi Soldiers 311.
(photo credit: YAAKOV KATZ)
The IDF is expanding its specialized tracks for ultra-Orthodox soldiers and
will, later this year, open up the first haredi battery in the Artillery
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The plan has received the approval of leading haredi rabbis who
recently toured the Artillery Corps’ bases throughout southern and northern
Israel and signed off on the initiative. In total, around 60 haredi youth will
be drafted into the Artillery Corps in November and will form a new
A section of the corps’s training base near Eilat was allocated
to house the soldiers during their training period and will be, for the most
part, off limits to female soldiers. The haredi troops will also receive Glatt
Kosher food. The soldiers will serve for two years.
The Artillery Corps
modeled the new battery after the Netzah Yehuda Battalion – more commonly known
as Nachal Haredi – which belongs to the Kfir Brigade and is based in the Jordan
Valley. Most of its 700 soldiers are recruited in Israel and come from a haredi
or national religious background. After they complete two years of service,
Nahal Haredi offers the soldiers help in completing matriculation and
preparatory studies for post-secondary education.
“We are confident that
we will be able to turn the new battery into a success,” OC Artillery Corps
Brig.-Gen. David Suisa said.
The IDF has seen an increase in the
number of haredi soldiers in recent years but besides for Netzah Yehuda, almost
all serve in non-combat positions in the Israel Air Force, the C4I Directorate
and Military Intelligence.