User talk:Edison

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The Signpost: 27 August 2014[edit]

Israel Defence Forces rank distribution[edit]

Greetings, dear Edison! Thanks for pitching in on this current RD query on which I just chimed in with a bit more information. The following might help fill in the picture of what you speculated, though I'll admit I'm providing personal knowledge without proper sourcing (which is why I'm writing here rather than on the query). Already towards or in their second year (corporal rank), IDF conscripts are recruited for officer training and necessarily move into a different advancement and promotion track. I vaguely recall this ties in with being asked or required to sign on for at least a six-month extension into regular army. This affects girls and boys, whose compulsory service is two years vs. three years respectively, with girls in combat units agreeing to do three years' compulsory (which is pretty remarkable when we think of it...). So girls like my daughters in the Education and Youth Corps were promoted to sergeant in their second/last year of service. For some years after discharge from active duty they're called for further training and reserve duty in the Home Front command (e.g. distributing gas masks). Boys in combat units DO reserve duty for something between 45 - 60 days annually till age fifty-something. Yes, during college exams periods too, as happened in July/August. By the way - and many Israeli Jews share this belief - I have no problem with a demilitarized Gaza and West Bank having ALL the development and privileges that we enjoy in Israel, which I recommend as a solution. (Some or all neighboring countries might be envious of this but they could try being more congenial and quit the militancy.) The biggest obstacle in the region, I don't need to mention these days, is religious fundamentalism, particularly among the Muslim factions. You're welcome to pray or wish us all a better future. -- Cheers, Deborahjay (talk) 10:39, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 03 September 2014[edit]

The Signpost: 10 September 2014[edit]

The Signpost: 17 September 2014[edit]