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Israel Offers Gluten-Free Army Rations for Combat Soldiers with Celiac Disease
Celiac.com 01/08/2015 - The Israeli Defense Forces has announced plans to provide gluten-free meals for its troops with celiac disease.
The IDF will soon provide its soldiers with gluten-free battle rations, which means that combat service will be an option for Israelis who suffer from celiac disease.
Until last September, Israelis with celiac disease were exempted from army service, but permitted to volunteer in non-combat roles.
That all changed in June, when Defense Minister Yaalon announced changes to the rules, which now permit soldiers with celiac disease to receive a 97 profile ranking, the highest possible, allowing them to join combat units.
Currently, Israeli draft centers get about 250-300 people each year with celiac disease. So, while the overall numbers are small, the news is big to those affected, who can now get the gluten-free support they need to pursue full military careers, as they choose.
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