The IDF is putting the finishing touches on its new chareidi induction center, which will be located near the main Bakum induction center in Tel Hashomer. Beginning on January 1, 2014, all draft eligible chareidi men will have to report to the chareidi induction center, even those who will be postponing their service.
The IDF feels that prior to agreeing to delay army service it wants each eligible inductee to hear the options regarding military service and delaying service. This will compel taking part in a two-hour event to explain these options to the candidates. Only after the two-hour event will those who are eligible to postpone their service be able to do so. This will be the new regulation regardless if the new chareidi draft law is passed into law or not.
The soldiers will be briefed on Nachal Chareidi and Shachar service, as well as other options in the logistical and technological branches of the military. The IDF expects 40,000 chareidim to pass through the new center in 2014 and military officials feel that if they only succeeded in changing the minds of a small number of them it will have been worthwhile.
According to a Yisrael Hayom report, a senior Induction Center official explains the IDF’s goal is to persuade the young men to join the military.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)