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Israel’s Army is Getting Better Educated Recruits, Aranne Reports

Israel’s army is getting more recruits with better education than formerly, Minister of Education Zalman Aranne told a meeting of the Jewish National Fund’s Teachers Council today. As a result, he declared, today’s soldiers come into the armed forces with better educational equipment for technical duties.

Mr. Aranne said that 20 percent of the average army recruits of seven years ago had not complete even an elementary school education. But in the last three years, however, he said, that average has declined to between 6 and 8 percent. Today’s army, he said, is also getting a higher ratio of recruits we have completed high school or have had some post-high school education.