One in every six men drafted into the Israel Defense Forces does not complete his full three years of military service, internal IDF figures show. The main reasons for dropping out are “inappropriateness” for military service, and both physical and mental health problems.
Dropout rates among men stand at around 16%, with the rate for women at 7.5%. By comparison, during discussions held in 2006 by a committee charged with examining the possibility of shortening IDF service, the IDF stated then that 18% of men and 4% of women were failing to complete their service.
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