The IDF is concerned about the increase in the use of cannabis in the army and next week a committee appointed by Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi will present its recommendations formulated on this issue, Yedioth Ahronoth correspondent Yossi Yehoshua reported this morning.
Among the committee's recommendations are measures that include denial of benefits and economic sanctions against soldiers caught by cannabis smokers, apparently even if cannabis smoked at home on vacation, if they admit more than five such cases.
According to the report these sanctions include for example the denial of benefits such as a combatant certificate, reduction or denial of release grant, cancellation of deposit and prevention of vacations, vacations and unit evictions.
The IDF also intends to build training courses for commanders, information campaigns for soldiers, a request for parents to create a joint effort, an internal IDF campaign on the dangers of using drugs while filling a military position, and more.
This decision comes though Reform Which was implemented by the IDF two years ago, in which it was determined that soldiers who smoked cannabis while on leave less than 5 would not be punished in criminal cases.
Concurrently with the implementation of the reform, the Military Police began efforts to capture soldiers using cannabis inside the base, during the service, and accordingly They jumped The enforcement data against this use is more than 2.
Following these data, the chief of staff decided to establish a committee to examine how to deal with the phenomenon. The head of the committee was appointed Chief Military Police Officer, Brig. Gen. Yair Barkat, and members of the military police, the Military Advocate General, the Education Corps and commanders.
According to the report in Yedioth Ahronoth, a senior officer testified that "the phenomenon of drug use constitutes a significant threat in view of the responsibility imposed on soldiers and combatants and the dangerous influence of prohibited substances on operational activity."
The committee's recommendations were presented to the head of the manpower division, Major General Motti Almoz, as well as to the Military Advocate General, Major General Sharon Afek, and will be presented to Chief of Staff Kochavi next week.
On the other hand, the military advocate general, Col. Ran Cohen, claims that there is no point in adding sanctions beyond those that exist, and that the existing punishment is severe as it is.
"The Military Advocate General's position should not add sanctions to the legal proceedings being taken today and to the already serious punishment of soldiers serving in the army," he told Yedioth Ahronoth.
He added: "Today, the punishment of soldiers for drug use is immeasurably more severe than that of their fellow citizens, and there is certainly no justification for aggravating the harm to them. On the contrary, it is appropriate to narrow the unjustified gap. "