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Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Weekly Commentary: Could 2 Year Army of God Service Program Bring Salvation?

Weekly Commentary: Could 2 Year Army of God Service Program Bring Salvation?
Dr. Aaron Lerner 4 June 2019

Let's put the cards on the table:

#1. The IDF needs a national draft so that it can fill many positions with
young people from the top end of the spectrum. Yes, its true that a
teenager reportedly sold his successful company to join an IDF cyber group
with the very real possibility that the experience will enable him to become
considerably wealthier down the line. But the overwhelming majority of IDF
positions requiring high quality recruits aren't gateways to big bucks in
civilian life.

#2. The universal feature of any IDF service is loss of freedom. Soldiers
can't change positions without permission. Can't take any time off without
permission. Can't even stay sick in bed without permission.

#3. Yeshiva students do not sacrifice their freedom. They can change
institutions, attend any family event, and can stay in bed when they don't
feel well.

#4. Advocates of a policy to allow every young man the right to choose to
attend yeshiva rather than serve in the IDF typically argue that their
engaging in study serves to defend the Jewish State while protecting the
young man from negative influences associated with army service.

There is a way to restore a semblance of equality.

And that is with the institution of a compulsory two year "Army of God"
(AOG) service for young men who choose to attend yeshiva rather than serve
in the IDF.

Key features of the Army of God program:

#1. AOG participants are assigned to a yeshiva within commuting range where
their attendance is monitored by biometric time clocks and subject to the
same attendance requirements as those faced by commuting soldiers who live
at home.

#2. AOG participants receive the same small monthly payment that
non-combatant soldiers receive.

#3. Upon completion of two years of AOG service, participants qualify for
the same bonus that non-combatant soldiers receive subject to the same
conditions (the money can be drawn at once to cover wedding expenses, buy an
apartment, start a business or pay tuition - otherwise receipt of the money
is delayed for several years).

And then what happens?

Today young men who attended yeshiva and reach age 20 face the draft if they
opt leave.

Under the AOG program, these same young men finish their service at age 20
and have no further obligations.

The expectation is that the overwhelming majority of 20 year old AOG
veterans will opt to move on with their lives - either going directly into
the workforce or acquiring skills.

The boost to the economy would be tremendous.

The impact on society would be profound.

One would expect, for example, that there would be considerable pressure to
adapt the content of the educational program for young men in the years
prior to AOG service so that they have the skill set (math, English, etc.)
to be able to hit the ground running when they complete their 2 year AOG
service.

AOG is a win-win, facilitating a form of universal service for all Israeli
18 year old men without causing a dangerous schism between the
ultra-orthodox and the rest of Israeli society.

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