According to a report appearing in the weekly IDF Bamachane, the military plans to attract 500 chareidim to join the ranks of military intelligence. In its program Bina B’Yarok, the army reports 100 chareidim are preparing to join the program in the next enlistment, all moving to the Intelligence Corps.
The program was launched about a year ago, working to deploy chareidim in certain areas where they have proven to excel while permitting them to maintain their lifestyle, such as serving as technicians in the air force or intelligence units.
To date, 130 members of the program are doing fine, most working in technical and related administrative posts but the new inductees appear headed for intelligence. According to Rabbi Major Netanel of the Intelligence Corps, the program will offer a career, not just mandatory service and those who fit the profile will be eligible for officers training as well as a career position.
A member of the Intelligence Corps Rabbinate will oversee the program and see to the religious needs and lifestyle of the new soldiers. The military is about to begin advertising in the chareidi media in addition to host two enlistment meetings, a kenos of sorts, to introduce the program to interested candidates.
According to Rav Netanel, the new program will indeed be tailor suited to accommodate a chareidi lifestyle, permitting davening time, learning time, and food with hechsherim and preparation in adherence to the lives of those involved.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)