My son is scheduled to enter the army on march 29. he volunteered for the nahal hareidi and he wants to "fight". he is not trying to avoid service, he made alilyah and immediately entered the draft board to ask to join. I think implying that religious soldiers are not good for israel is a gross oversimplication of a complex issue.
Jerusalem suburb of Even Sapir evacuated as wildfire spreads (Haaretz)
from the article: Ultra-Orthodox Jews in the IDF would be a disaster for Israel