'It's not easy being in reserves while studying for a degree'

Likud MK Oren Hazan proposes law mandating reservists receive academic credits similar to those of volunteers.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

MK Oren Hazan
MK Oren Hazan
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MK Oren Hazan (Likud) proposed a law which would give IDF reservists four academic credits if they serve over ten days in a given academic year.

The new law would be implemented next week.

Currently, the law stipulates that academic institutions must make things easier for reservists. Usually this means offering alternative examination dates or extending deadlines. In addition, the Council for Higher Education states that "an institution that recognizes social activity with academic credits is also able to recognize reserve duty with two academic credits."

However, most students who serve in the IDF's reserves do not actually receive credit for it.

"It's not easy to be a reservist in Israel, and it's even more difficult to be a reservist studying for an academic degree," Hazan said. "This is especially since sometimes the service itself harms a student's ability to succeed at his academic studies," Hazan said.

"Unfortunately, most academic institutions do not do anything to make it easier for reservists, and do not do anything to minimize the effect of reserve duty on their students' academic studies. It seems we have no choice but to involve the law and force academic institutions to work to limit the damage.

"The proposed law is an example of this involvement. Society must learn to give to these special people, and not just to take from them."

IDF combat soldiers may be called to reserve duty for up to 36 days a year. The reserve duty dates do not correspond to intercession or summer gap months.