The next draft of young men who complete their military service in the Israeli army will, for the first time, serve less than three years. This implies that there will be less staff available to the military. Some divisions will have to look for creative solutions to offset the lower number of staff.
According to the government decision male soldiers will in future serve only two years and eight months. In order to cushion the shortage of personnel, women (who previously served for 2 years) will now serve four months longer. In addition, more ultra-orthodox Jews are expected to serve in order to alleviate the situation.
Those conscripts that request and are accepted into special forces and coveted elite units, will continue to serve for a full three years.
Israel’s air force plans to outsource some technical services to civilian companies, such as the F-16 fighter jets maintenance. A senior air force officer said the IAF was in the process of negotiating a contract with a major defense contractor for these services. Plans call for the construction of a maintenance center and a laboratory for the Air Force. In addition there is the possibility that some function would be fulfilled by robots instead of human resources!
Army courses would be made more efficient, so that the overall duration of study is shortened. Certain roles will have their boot camp training completely eliminated, for example those fulfilling kitchen service.
The issues created by the shorter military service for men has not come without controversy. Now that the ultra-Orthodox parties are again represented in the governing coalition, many policy experts expect the religious not to be drawn in large numbers to military service.