Israel Defense Force to Change Affirmative Action Policy for Ethiopian-Israeli Soldiers
The military plans to gradually phase out service condition directives catering specifically to Ethiopian-Israeli recruits, Israel Hayom learned Sunday. The move, described as a bid to boost a sense of equality among all soldiers, follows a previous decision to gradually cancel training courses designed exclusively for Ethiopian-Israeli soldiers.
For years, military policy was to treat Ethiopian-Israeli soldiers as a special sector within the armed forces: All Ethiopian-Israeli recruits would have to undergo interviews with a soldiers' welfare officer, regardless of their socio-economic background; they received deadline extensions for applying for special service conditions; they were the only group afforded special "errand days"; and their commanders were ordered to perform home visits, regardless of whether a soldier reported having any specific difficulties.
A recent IDF Personnel Directorate review, however, ruled that the special policy was no longer necessary, and decided to shelve the affirmative action regulations in favor of treating Ethiopian-Israeli soldiers in the same manner as all other soldiers.