Originally Posted by mangoes
Oh ok, I didn't realize it was three years.......... If you don't get paid
, I'm assuming it's not a full time job and you're able to have another job that pays or you're able to go to school while fulfilling your committment?? Do you agree with your country's mandatory policy about service in the army?
While in the army you are not allowed to work unless you prove that your family cannot support you and you need to work to earn your living. The army will also help you and provide funding, housing.
As for this policy- as Rogiman said it is an inseparable part of life here. I wish of course it didn't have to be this way but the reality is, it is a matter of survival for us so it's a no brainer basically.
Besides, I can say for myself in hindsight if I could go back to when I was 18 and I had a choice, I would still go to the army. It gives you experience and teaches you responsibility very early on, and if you take the average Israeli at age 22 and compare them to say your average American, you will see the difference in maturity and perspective very clearly.