Nearly half of Israeli youths in 2019 failed to enter or complete their mandatory military service in the Israeli Defense Forces, Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot reported on Sunday.

Citing newly published data collected by the IDF, the newspaper reported that 32.9% of men received military service exemptions due to mental health reasons, with another 15% dropping out from the army in line with historical averages.

Coupled together, nearly half of men (47.9%) failed to complete their military service, raising concerns among the institution’s top brass.

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