IDF To Open All Roles, Including Elite Units, To Chareidim, For The First Time



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    IDF To Open All Roles, Including Elite Units, To Chareidim, For The First Time

    New rules to allow Charedi recruits to complete high school studies before enlisting, place soldiers based on ability rather than test scores • Full Story

    Source: Arutz Sheva

    The IDF will open all positions to Charedi solders for the first time, Israel Hayom reported Sunday morning.

    As part of the new outline, it will be possible for Charedi to postpone their conscription for the purpose of obtaining a high-school diploma, to take repeated tests to improve their results and to receive professional training after the service.

    Every year, hundreds of soldiers who have graduated from Charedi educational institutions join the IDF, and in order to allow them to continue to maintain their way of life, the directive has been to automatically assign them to units with a suitable character – combat units such as Netzah Yehuda, and rear units such as Shahrm which are more palatable to Charedi sensibilities. However, in many cases soldiers who enlisted did not choose to join these units. Some aspired to serve in other units such as intelligence, and others did not want to be placed in a a strictly haredi setting.

    One problem has been that Charedi soldiers who have sought to enlist in other units often have low test scores due to not receiving a secular education or coming from a low socio-economic background, and this affected where they were placed in the army. Soldiers of high ability would be placed in relatively menial positions as a result.

    In the past year, extensive staff work was carried out in the IDF Personnel Planning and Management Division to formulate a new policy for the recruitment haredi soldiers.

    The IDF emphasized that the target audience that makes up this population is not only those who leave the Charedi community, but also those who maintain a religious lifestyle and still choose to enlist in military service. The IDF will therefore allow Charedi soldiers to defer their enlistment in order to complete their high school studies and retake tests to achieve a better score. New soldiers who arrived at recruitment centers will be accepted for a special screening, which will not necessarily take into account their socio-economic status and the fact that they have gaps in their core studies, but will examine their abilities through a one-on-one interview.

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