Beginning in January, the IDF will open the Haredi Induction Center, which all haredim of draft age will have to visit whether they intend to enlist or not.
According to the Peri Committee, which has called for haredim to be drafted, the center, set to open beside the Tel Hashomer recruitment office, will sort ultra-Orthodox into either national service or army service. This way, haredim who repeatedly defer their service will have to listen to a 2.5 hour explanation of the various service opportunities in the IDF each year -- before signing their deferment papers.
"At the center, there will be procedures to encourage, explain, market to and recruit members of the haredi population," an IDF spokesperson explained.
Among the tracks offered to them each year will be Nahal's Haredi battalion (Nezah Yehuda), the new Haredi combat battalion, the Nezah Cahol track for operating engineering equipment, service as locksmiths and electricians in the air force, service in technology and logistics departments and service as facility guards.
About 40,000 haredim are expected to pass through the center in 2014. They will arrive both in the 16-to-18 age range, during the draft process, and in the 18-to-21 range, for those who defer their service yearly.
At present, young haredim aged 16 and over get a notice asking them to come to the regular induction center where they declare Torah as their profession and receive a deferment without further efforts at persuasion.
"Our goal is to convince them to enlist in the army," a senior IDF human resources official told Israel Hayom Tuesday.