First off, you don't necessarily need Universal Military service to defend a nation that has a sensetive border--the Republic of India faces a sometime nasty Pakistan and it's ranks are filled by enlisted soldiers! The myth of the IDF as a uniting force has been broken all too often for Tel Aviv coffee shop soldiers who play "21" and other strategies to avoid serving--and when they serve it's "close to home". The fact is that Traditional and Observant soldiers and officers are becoming more common, including Haredim. And wouldn't ya know that some non-Observant officers rate them as some of the best fighters in their units--contrary to many non-Observant soldiers, not all them mind you, many of them though, would rather be in Thailand, or India, or . . . Manhattan. Lack of skills, that's an issue the Haredim are covering by creating centers where the young men who aren't suited to "learning Torah all day" get Technological training so they can enter the job market.
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