TEL AVIV (Jul. 31)
As part of the increased preparedness of the military in the wake of fears of a renewed war by the end of the year, the Nahal units have been ordered to increase the time spent on military exercises. Nahal is a corps of the army whose members live on border settlements devoting part of their time to agriculture and part to military defense. New methods have enabled the time devoted to agriculture to be shortened.
Meanwhile, the army has put a priority in readying tanks, armored cars and other vehicles for combat. Reserves, who are garage mechanics in private life, have been called up to beef up the regular maintenance units. A visit to a maintenance unit showed that each tank needs between 800 and 1000 working hours to put it into service. In addition to the tanks damaged or over-used during the war, necessary alterations are being made on the hundreds of Soviet tanks captured in the Yom Kippur War.