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IDF chief says record number of recruits drafted to combat units

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi during a graduation ceremony at the National Security College in Glilot, central Israel, on July 14, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi during a graduation ceremony at the National Security College in Glilot, central Israel, on July 14, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi says a record number of recruits were drafted to combat units over the past summer.

“Motivation for service in combat units has improved, and in the last two years there has been a continuous increase in willingness to serve in combat units,” Kohavi says at a ceremony marking a changing of commander of the military’s Ground Forces.

He says the rise in recruitment was particularly distinct during the most recent draft cycle in August, saying that “these are the highest figures seen in the last seven years.”

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