Early draft notices issued to some 1,300 students in pre-army programs

Gavriel Fiske is a reporter at The Times of Israel

Illustrative -- Israeli teens run as part of a pre-army preparatory program at the beach at Palmachim, on November 15, 2020 (Flash90)
Illustrative -- Israeli teens run as part of a pre-army preparatory program at the beach at Palmachim, on November 15, 2020 (Flash90)

Some students enrolled in pre-army, yeshiva, and community service programs have begun receiving early draft notices this afternoon, multiple sources confirm to the Times of Israel.

The IDF is advancing by several months the induction of some 1,300 post-high school students who would have otherwise enlisted after their various pre-army programs end in June. The new recruits are to be drawn from those who will go into combat units, in light of the ongoing Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, the IDF has said.

Students who have already been accepted into certain IDF tracks will not be subject to early enlistment, a pre-army academy official told The Times of Israel. Most of the induction dates are at the end of March or in early April.

The IDF and Defense Ministry announced previously that about 850 trainees will be recruited from the pre-army and community service yearlong programs, and about 450 more from Religious Zionist yeshivas, with an emphasis on those already slated to enlist this year.

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