New IDF program: assisting soldiers in debt

The IDF launched a program addressing the issue of soldiers in need. The program attempts to give soldiers financial tools in order to avoid falling into debt, and assist soldiers who are already in debt.
The IDF will address the issue of soldiers in need. Archives Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News

The IDF’s Human Resources Department has decided to make efforts this year in order to address the issue of soldiers in need, many of which have found themselves in heavy debt. As part of the IDF’s 2015 work plan, cooperation between the IDF and the Execution Office has already begun, with 300 soldiers who have fallen into debt already receiving exemptions.

As part of the initiative launched last September, Service Conditions noncoms at the IDF bases contact Execution Office representatives upon soldiers’ requests. Some of the requests concern debts and seizures from banks, cellular companies and other telecom firms. Thanks to the IDF's assistance, some soldiers are allowed to pay their debts in installments, others’ debts are reduced, and some even get them erased.

In addition, the IDF will soon launch a project dealing with financial education. As of next week, Service Conditions noncoms and officers will go through training, which will allow them to provide soldiers with financial tools. The Service Conditions squads, who know which soldiers come from difficult financial backgrounds, will be required to have face-to-face meetings with them and train them in this regard.

“They will meet with each soldier individually, delineate income and expenses, and map their financial situation in order to improve it,” stated Superintendent of Service Conditions at the IDF Human Resources Department, Deputy General Keren Zer-Aviv. The IDF Human Resources Department is also going through general administrative changes, in order to redefine the tools and roles of its officers. 

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