Outsiders in Uniform: From the Margins to the Army and Back

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  • Cover Type: online
  • Number Of Pages: 13 Pages
  • Center: Military and Society Program

Military service is a significant milestone and a formative experience in the lives of young people in Israel. Even before beginning their service, many develop expectations and hopes for service in specific units and positions with the belief that service in these positions will bring with them various benefits in civilian life.

This is especially the case among marginalized population groups. These young people grapple with questions and concerns about military service such as "why enlist in the army at all" or "what can I get out of service in general, and from service in
specific positions".

Issues addressed in this study include the impact of the individual's social environment on the motivation to serve and on expectations from military service among various marginalized groups; the relationship between different perceptions of citizenship and attitudes towards the state, and expectations from military service; and the possibility of making the most of it in adulthood.