Plan would shorten military service in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A new plan by the Israeli military would shorten compulsory service.

The plan was presented by the Israel Defense Forces’ chief of staff, Benny Gantz, on Monday at a meeting of the Defense Ministry’s committee for the Promotion of Equal Share of the Burden, or the Perry Committee.

The plan would go into effect in July 2015, according to reports. It must first be submitted for Cabinet approval.

Under the plan, compulsory army service would be shortened by four months to 32 months. Soldiers in combat units or special units would still serve the full three years but be paid more for the last four months.

The plan would add more than $400 million to the economy, the military said, according to reports.

Israeli men now serve three years of compulsory military service and women serve two years.

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