Cutbacks in IDF non-combat personnel in next budget

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen/ Gady Eisenkott Monday released his five-year plan for cutting back on military spending. It entails reducing regular forces by 2,500, slashing the reserve army by 100,000 men and women, as pruning the artillery brigades and light infantry battalions. Allocations for the education corps, chief chaplaincy, adviser to the C-of-S on women’s affairs, the army radio and the military censor will also be trimmed down.
Eisenkott also proposes to reduce the age of field commanders. Future battalion commanders will be no more than 32 compared to 35-37 at present and Brigade Commanders no more than 40-42 down from 45-46.. The northern command division will be merged with the ground command.


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