Though the loss of equipment and sensitive operational documents is usually high up on the IDF’s list of concerns, a missing pay stub is currently causing consternation in the IDF’s Kirya headquarters in Tel Aviv.
The pay stub belongs to Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz.
According to Ynet, the IDF still does not know whether the slip, which went missing in recent weeks, was lost or stolen. Still, headquarters staff are furious, and punishments have been meted out.
The General Staff Adjutant found the NCO in charge of distributing pay slips to the General Staff guilty of negligence in the performance of his duties, and gave him a firm reprimand that went on his permanent record.
The NCO was already scheduled to retire from the IDF this year.
The stub itself doesn’t contain classified operational material per se, but it could cause embarrassment to Gantz if it reaches the press. Moreover, it could harm the IDF’s negotiating position as it fights to protect its funding during a period of budget cuts.
According to figures released by the Finance Ministry in 2013, Gantz made NIS 73,127 ($20,771) per month in 2011, for an annual salary of NIS 877,524 ($249,252).