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2000: The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) estimates that about one half of the Israeli population has completed military service.

Military service is compulsory at age 18 for most Israelis; exceptions are made for the ultra-Orthodox. Men serve for three years and women for two, with reserve service for men lasting until age 51 and for single women until age 24.

NPR Israeli Women in the Military
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In Israel, both men and women are drafted for compulsory military service, but women's service is shorter, and they don't serve in combat units. Many people say it's time for a change.


NPR Military Service
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Every Jewish 18-year-old is drafted in the military in Israel, but enthusiasm for service seems to be waning.


NPR Talmud Students Exempt from Military
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NPR reports on the debate over whether ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students will continue to be exempt from military service in Israel.


WWW Israel Military
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The Israeli parliament has given first-round approval to compromise legislation that allows ultra-Orthodox seminary students to forgo or shorten military service.