Teen pop-artists serve in the army

Tuesday, February 07, 2006 | 
Unlike the rest of the world, Israeli teen performers and models must temporarily retire at the age of 18 and fulfill their mandatory army service. Roni Superstar, a teenage pop artist, said it was important for her to serve and she wanted to learn more about her society. She didn’t have an option anyway. A professor at Bar Ilan University believes that while some recruits opt out of army service and perform national service instead (public social work), serving in the military is still considered an obligation. Not serving can therefore be more damaging to one’s image, especially as a pop-artist. “Being in the army has kept me grounded," one celeb said, adding that the experience has been a huge source of inspiration for his new album, set for release in May of next year. "It taught me so much about myself."

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