Israeli Education Ministry's new program to encourage seeking meaningful IDF service

Amid decreasing motivation to enlist into IDF combat positions, Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett announced his new program aimed at encouraging Israeli youth to seek a meaningful IDF service. The program includes an increased budget and strengthened ties between schools and IDF combat bases.
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Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett announced a new plan today (Tuesday) to further encourage enlistment into IDF combat positions. The program will bring IDF officers to speak at Israeli schools prior to the youths’ enlistment will strengthen ties between schools and IDF combat bases. Bennett aims to double the number of students within IDF preparatory programs from 5,000 to 10,000.

Bennett plans on allocating an additional 33 million NIS to the program’s budget. In 2014, the program’s budget was 47 million NIS and has since grown by more than 30% to 80 million NIS.

Due to the meaningful service preparation program, students in southern Israel will gain access to an informational day that is currently provided to students in other parts of the country during which they will learn about the combat units and Israel’s wars. Furthermore, the local authorities’ meaningful service preparation centers will gradually be doubled from 36 to 72 over a five-year period.

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