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Auditor's report: IDF recruitment rates continue to fall Israel today


In the years 1998-2003, there was an increase in the non-enlistment rate of about 3.5%, according to the auditor's data • Among the reasons is an increase in the ideological exemption and the damage to the service provided to Malshabim at the MITB call center • In addition, Engelman warns of the readiness of the Navy in light of the delay in completing the preparation the operational of the shield ships

The people's army?

The State Comptroller's report published today (Tuesday) also includes a follow-up on an audit conducted in the past regarding the selection and recruitment processes for the IDF and presents a figure according to which recruitment percentages continue to fall.

In addition, the disparity between the center and the periphery in the rate of recruits to the technological units - remains the same.

The report presented unsurprising data of a decrease in the percentage of people enlisting in the IDF, according to which the predicted rate of non-recruitment of men in 2021 was 31.4% among those born in 2003, while the rate of non-recruitment of women in this yearbook is 44.9%.

Overall, in the birth yearbooks 1998 - 2003, there was an increase of about 4% (compared to the potential each year) in the non-recruitment of the "Torah Art" party among men, and an increase of about 2% in the non-recruitment of religious parties among women.

There is also an increase of approximately 1% in non-conscription for medical reasons both among men (with the exception of the 2003 birth year for which a slight decrease is expected) and among women.

New recruits in the BCOM (for illustration), photo: Yossi Zeliger

In the 1998 - 2003 birth records, there was an increase in non-enlistment for all reasons together at a rate of approximately 3.5% among men and 2.5% among women, so that the total predicted rate of non-enlistment into the IDF for those born in 2003 (whose main enlistment year is 2021) was About 31% for men and 45% of the recruitment potential for women.

According to the report, about 40% of the police officers do not complete the medical procedures (profile determination) at the first appearance at the recruiting office.

Only about 3% of the controls required of the chief doctors on the recruiting bureaus were carried out between 2020 and 2021.

The auditor's report also points to a well-known gap between the periphery and the center, where the proportion of peripheral residents serving in the main technological tracks is about half of their proportion in the general IDF: about 16.5% in the main technological tracks compared to about 32% in the general IDF.  

Recruits at the reception and sorting base (for illustration), photo: Yossi Zeliger

The auditor also stated in the report he published that in the previous audit he conducted it was found that there are many and frequent disruptions in the continuity of the function of the call center servers in the Meitav service center, and as a result of these disruptions the systems are disabled or work slowly. The audit found that the defect in the telephony system has been fixed, but the defect regarding the management system It was not fixed, and as a result there is an impairment of the service to the Malshab.

According to the auditor, in the previous audit it was found that there are multiple sources of information regarding various issues in the handling of inquiries from the Israel Defense Forces, as well as a lack of clarity in some of the instructions. The audit found that the deficiency was corrected only to a small extent, and that the references to information on the home page of the "Matagayim" website are duplicative and not organized As a result, the page is not user-friendly and difficult to navigate.

An IDF spokesman said in response:

"Most of the areas tested have been

significantly improved.

The entrance gate to the IDF today enables better, fairer, and more innovative equal opportunities than ever.

The Meitav unit won the Chief of Staff's award this year following the significant innovations it led, for the purpose of reducing gaps between the different strata of the population as well as for streamlining the selection and placement processes of the Israeli military. Evidence of this is the significant decrease in the number of acceptances submitted by the Israeli military for the recruitment processes for the IDF. This is according to the findings of a recently published NAKHL report.

After the auditor's report, the IDF claims: the system for dealing with illegal aliens has been upgraded (for illustration), photo: IDF spokesperson

"Regarding the claims in relation to the medical response to the Malshabi, in February 2022 a staff work was approved with the aim of determining the medical profile already at the first meeting of the Malshabi with a medical official. In cases where new information emerges at the meeting or further clarification is required and a profile cannot be determined at the first appearance, actions are taken to provide Quick response. In addition to monitoring compliance with the procedures mentioned in the report, the Medical Corps conducts hundreds of

professional audits in the recruitment bureaus.

A large part of the control is performed by

more senior doctors, who even provide professional training if necessary.

The IDF is working hard to improve the scheduling of appointments with mental health officials.

In the navy they are waiting for the execution

In addition to the recruitment rates, the State Comptroller announced today that there has been a four-year delay in the completion of the operational preparation of the four defense ships that was planned for the beginning of 2019.

According to the report, the current expectation for the completion of the execution (preparation for operational activity) of the ships will be during 2023. The subcommittee of the State Audit Committee of the Knesset decided not to place this report in its entirety on the Knesset's table, but only to publish parts of it in order to "maintain State Security" in accordance with Section 17 of the State Comptroller's Law.

Dvora ships of the Navy (for illustration), photo: Doc

In the report, the auditor mentioned the importance of the protective force in view of the change in threats to the maritime environment that has developed, after in recent years vital strategic facilities for the exploration and production of gas, which are key sources of energy for the State of Israel, have been established.

The State Comptroller further commented in the report that was allowed to be published that although in 2018 the operational need to replace certain ships in the Navy was confirmed, at the end of the audit, in June 2022, approval of the procurement and budgeting agency had not yet been granted, which was supposed to be received in September 2021 according to the schedule presented by the Navy .

At the end of the report, which was allowed to be published, the auditor recommended that the "Chief of Staff direct an examination of the operational need of the Steel Forces in the Sea Arm and formulate, in accordance with the results of the examination, an updated force building plan that will take into account all IDF tasks, including the tasks of the Sea Arm - the existing, the emerging and the future - and the developing threats." The auditor also noted that it is recommended that the IDF and the Ministry of Defense carry out a lesson-learning procedure with regard to the goals of meeting the supply schedule of the four corners of the defense in matters under their responsibility."

The IDF spokesman said in response:

"The defense mission in the maritime space is routinely carried out by the missile ships of the naval arm.

In the last year, as part of the process of carrying out the defense ships, the naval arm is carrying out three of the four defense ships for initial operational capability and sky defense.

These ships, with their many advanced capabilities, are already taking part in the overall effort of the defense mission in the maritime space and economic waters."

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Source: israelhayom

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