Soldiers may get pay hike as part of universal draft law
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Soldiers may get pay hike as part of universal draft law

Government proposal would drastically increase salaries for draftees

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

IDF soldiers, including reserve troops, in 2009 (photo credit: IDF Spokesman/Flash90)
IDF soldiers, including reserve troops, in 2009 (photo credit: IDF Spokesman/Flash90)

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.

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