Ethiopians can now receive grant if they drafted to IDF up to 15 years after aliya, instead of 10.
The Immigration and Absorption Ministry announced Sunday that it has expanded the time frame of eligibility for benefits for Ethiopian olim serving in the IDF.
While previously, they could receive benefits if they enlisted within 10 years of their aliya, they now have 15 years to join the military.
As a result, hundreds of additional soldiers will receive the benefit, in the form of a monetary grant in addition to both the regular military salary as well as the grant provided to all olim who serve in the IDF.
The soldiers will receive either NIS 352 or NIS 540 additional per month throughout their mandatory service, based on the ministry’s criteria for lone soldiers and immigrant soldiers Over the course of 2016, the ministry distributed grants to some 7,500 soldiers in compulsory service.
A source in the field of immigrant absorption said that the decision only applies to Ethiopian olim, due to the low socioeconomic status of the sector. Pointing out that many Ethiopian immigrants have to work during their army service and that many need to support their families during that time, he highlighted that this is a population which needs the extra assistance.