Thursday, February 5, 2009

Israeli army looks a lot different today

Today I read about the 603,550 fighting men back in Moses time. Now a days the Israeli Army, also known as the IDF "Israel Defense Forces" allows women and Homosexuals

National military service is mandatory for Jewish and Druze men and Jewish women over the age of 18, although exceptions may be made on religious, physical or psychological grounds

Men serve three years in the IDF, while women serve two. The IDF allowed women who volunteer for several combat positions to serve for three years because combat soldiers must undergo a lengthy period of training. Women in other positions, such as programmers, who require lengthy training time may also serve three years. Women in most combat positions are also required to serve as reserve for several years after their dismissal from regular service.

In 1983, the IDF permitted homosexuals to serve, but banned them from intelligence and top-secret positions. In 1993, an IDF reserves officer testified before the Knesset that his rank had been revoked and that he had been barred from researching sensitive topics in military intelligence, solely because of his sexual identity. Since then, homosexuals have been allowed to serve openly in the military, including special units.

1 comment:

Lisa Nguyen said...

Wow, thanks for sharing Mitch. Great thoughts!!!

I thought it was cool for the narrator to point out to us that (on page 159 of reg size chrono book) "it is clear that the nation will be strong in battle only as long as it is religiously dedicated to the service of God." So they set aside the Levites to maintain the people's spiritual service and ultimately that helped the Israelites to be strong in battle. With that said, it teaches me that in my battles I need to set aside either time, energy, etc for God comparable to the Levites to be successful in my own battles.