March Draft, Record-Breaking Motivation for Combat Roles

Archive photo: IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson

79.5% of qualified candidates for on-field units requested to serve as combat soldiers, a more than three percent increase from last March

Date: 14/03/2011, 1:01 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

The March draft cycle for Israel Defense Forces’ on-field units began this week (Mar. 13) and the data shows a record-breaking increase in enlistee motivation to serve as combat soldiers.

79.5% of the qualified candidates for field units requested to serve as fighters – an increase from 75.8% last March and 73.3% two years ago.

Data also shows an increase in the number of soldiers who wish to serve in the IDF (Zahal) Infantry Corps. 54.7% of enlistees listed a brigade of the Infantry Corps as their first preference, compared to 51.3 percent last March.