Israel to Begin Registration of Women for Conscription

The registration of Orthodox young women for national non-military service will begin in the near future, following the issuance by the Ministry of Labor of regulations governing the procedure.

It was learned that the Ministry estimates that the number of women involved in the program will not exceed 2,000 and that many of them will be entirely exempted from service on the grounds that their way of living conflicts with compulsory national service.

A Ministry spokesman said that a chief inspector and three regional supervisors, still to be appointed, will organize the work program in the various collective settlements and immigrant camps where the draftees will serve. He said that these officials would all be women, but not necessarily Orthodox women.

The district supervisors will interview each young woman accepted for national service and will attempt to ascertain what type of work will be most suitable for the individual. Arrangements will be made for small groups to work in Mizrachi Laborite and Agudah Laborite settlements. Women who enrolled as nurses and teachers will probably continue to work at their professions in immigrant camps.

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