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Israel Orders Reduction in Army Service by Four Months; Knesset Informed

Israel today ordered reduction of army service under the country’s draft law, lessening the period of service for both male and female draftees by four months.

Prime Minister Levi Eshkol informed the Knesset, Parliament, of the new regulations today, noting that the changes have been approved by the Cabinet after recommendations by the army’s general staff. No legislation on the issue was required, the change being effected through an administrative order.

Men to be called up during May 1964, or thereafter, Mr. Eshkol said, will serve 26 months, instead of 30 months as heretofore. Girls will serve 20 months, the order concerning female draftees going into effect immediately for women in the army since last June.

The reductions in lengths of service were decided upon, the Premier said, because the numbers of boys and girls to reach enlistment or draft age are increasing.