Daf Yomi is a personal thing people do, and the cycles pre-date the State of Israel. Why do you see things in terms of service to the State - it isn't relevant here. Anyway, the idea of Daf Yomi is to enable people to do other stuff all day, and devote around 45 mins, usually before or after work/army/university/whatever else you do to Torah study.
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from the article: Haredi Jews amass in Tel Aviv to celebrate completion of Talmud cycle