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September 3, 2018 10:20 am

Largest Ever Class of Ultra-Orthodox Paratroopers Sworn in at Western Wall

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Soldiers from the IDF’s Ultra orthodox unit called The Netzah Yehuda Battalion on May 19 2005. Photo: Abir Sultan/Flash90.

JNS.org – Over 50 ultra-Orthodox soldiers were sworn into the Paratroopers Brigade at a ceremony at the Western Wall on Thursday, the largest ever recruitment in a special paratroop company.

While many eligible ultra-Orthodox males utilize exemptions to bypass Army service, growing numbers of eligible soldiers have been joining specialized units.

The ceremony marked the sixth draft class of the “Hetz” company formed in 2017.

Additional ultra-Orthodox units include the Netzach Yehuda Battalion of the Kfir Brigade infantry unit, deployed in Judea and Samaria, and the Rotem Company in the amphibious Givati Brigade. Special accommodations include stringently kosher food, complete separation from female soldiers, and a more religious environment.

Reports indicate that an additional Hareidi company will soon be opened in the Golani Brigade, the most highly decorated brigade in the IDF.

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