The government will put before the Knesset a budgetary proposal to increase soldier salaries. The pay raise would be packaged together with the universal draft bill to replace the Tal Law on August 1.
Under the plan, combat soldiers would earn NIS 1,035 per month during their first year of service, which would rise to NIS 1,500 in the second year and NIS 2,200 in the third year. Combat support soldiers would receive NIS 753 per month, and rear echelon soldiers NIS 520 per month.
The average combat soldier currently receives approximately NIS 700 per month, compared to NIS 350 for non-combat soldiers. Those sums have not changed in nearly a decade, according to Army Radio.
The proposal would require a budgetary increase of approximately NIS 1.6 billion.