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Israel Extends Length of Service in Armed Forces; Some to Serve Six Months Extra

Defense Minister Moshe Dayan announced today that members of the armed forces scheduled for discharge this month will be required to serve an additional six months, through the end of June. He said it was a temporary measure, taken to relieve the need for a large reserve which puts a heavy burden on the nation’s economy. He explained that the new order is not an extension of military service but a postponement of release from duty. Service men and women scheduled for discharge in March will also serve through June, only three months of additional duty. Military personnel serving the extra time will receive higher wages, Gen. Day said.