Knesset advances bill to extend delay of retirement age for IDF reservists

The Knesset approves in its first reading a bill delaying the retirement age for IDF reservists, extending a temporary measure passed last December by another three months, after ministers approved the bill Sunday.

The proposal, a Defense Ministry-backed “draft Security Service Law,” calls to extend a temporary measure raising the exemption age for reserve military service from 40 to 41 for soldiers and from 45 to 46 for officers for several additional months, due to a manpower shortage because of the ongoing war in Gaza. Specialists such as doctors and air crewmen will be required to continue serving until 50, instead of 49.

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