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Discharge from reserve service for soldiers in the army could be changed to the age of 40, or even 39, under a new plan submitted by Israel Defense Forces Major General Yiftah Ron Tal.

The plan was submitted this week at a meeting in Latrun attended by dozens of reserve officers serving in units that could be disbanded under the proposed cuts in allocations to the defense budget.

The plan's main elements, said Ron Tal, are to fortify existing ground forces units, and to integrate commands of various units.

An argument has developed between the IDF personnel directorate and ground forces officers concerning the precise age of discharge from the reserves, Ron Tal said. The latter recommended that the age be changed to 37, whereas the personnel directorate has insisted the current discharge age of 45 be maintained (combat soldiers are called to field operation assignments up to the age of 41).