Daddy Called Up for Reserve Duty

Cellular phones and fast food chains have become staples on some Israeli army bases.

Is day care next?

An army lieutenant reported to reserve duty this week with his uniform, weapon, blankets and diapers.

Unable to get a postponement of his reserve duty, Uri Yankovich, 42, arrived at his base with his 5-year-old twins and 4-year-old son.

He had tried to put off the compulsory service by a few days because his wife, a scientist, had to attend a conference.

When the army refused his request, he packed up his kids and brought them with him.

“All of these years, my wife had borne the burden when I had to go to reserve duty,” he told the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot. “This time, there was no way she could cancel her participation.” After a bit of flurry and several journalists’ inquiries at the Israel Defense Force spokesman’s office, Yankovich was sent home.

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