Former combat soldiers and former soldiers who come from special backgrounds are now eligible for a special new project that was recently approved by the Israeli Defense Ministry. Soldiers who meet these requirements will only have to pay a third of their higher education tuition.







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The IDF and Israeli Defense Ministry have decided to grant released combat soldiers and soldiers who come from special backgrounds and enlisted after July 2013 a new benefit. Soldiers who meet these requirements will only have to pay a third of their higher education tuition. The IDF and Israeli Defense Ministry will fund the remaining two-thirds of the released soldiers’ tuition.

The new project is called, “From uniform to studies,” and it includes all the soldiers with special backgrounds such as new immigrants, lone soldiers and minorities. IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot announced the project, which was approved by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The IDF hopes to help around 40,000 former soldiers every year and then extend the project to former non-combat soldiers in accordance with the nature of their service.

The IDF stated that studies abroad will not be funded by the project. The project will be launched this Thursday at the Kirya during a ceremony attended by Lieberman and Eizenkot. Current IDF soldiers who will be eligible for the project at the end of their service and 12 released soldiers who started their studies this week as part of the project will also be attending the ceremony.