This past Shabbat at the table there was a rare argument between me and a guest, with whom I usually agree. He didn't think that the converts of the IDF convert courses should be accepted. He stated that there should be a "trial" time to see if they stick to the life of Torah and Mitzvot after the army.
I consider the gerei tzeddek, righteous converts of the courses offered during service in the IDF, Israeli army to be on a very high level. It's not that simple for them to get into the courses, they have to show a real interested in living as Jews, following mitzvot etc. The soldiers in these courses are generally youth who have grown up or were born in Israel but aren't Jewish. By serving in the army, they are showing a additional commitment to the Jewish Land and State of Israel that many born Jews never dare to do. They not only enjoy the benefits of living in Israel, but they are willing to risk their lives for the continued existence of the State and for our security. That IMHO puts them on the very highest Jewish Level.
For that reason, I feel their conversions should be 100% accepted.
Judaism is a religion of action, commitment, not just theory. That is the problem with those who claim that it's enough (or even superior) to just sit and learn Torah. I'm sorry if I've offended anyone, but there is no real justification in that life style. In the Torah G-d instructs all tribes to defend the Land, even those not living here.
Within the limits of these shared lines I would refer your interested readers to yet another passage in RaMBaM's Hilchot Yesodei haTorah 5:10-11 where he clearly establishes that talmidei chachamim will be held responsible for damaging chilul Hashem that can result from their behavior...There is not supposed to be a specific fighting sect/group in Judaism. The responsibility is on all of us. The fact that many Jews refuse to fight to defend the Land, state and People is a great problem. It's even worse that many Jews stay abroad or encourage others to use the yeshiva deferment to stay out of the army. That's why I consider those who are willing to fight and defend our People, Land and state to be on a very high Jewish level.
...Then we have to recall the immortal words of the NeTZiV in his commentary to Moshe Rabeinu's question to the members of the tribes of Reuven and Gad when they looked to avoid going to war as the nation stood on the banks of the Jordan River: "Your brothers will go to war but you will remain here?!" he asked. This, explains the NeTZIV, would have constituted an "avlah", an unjust wrongful act that would be perpetrated against all of Israel (Ha'amek Davar, Bamidbar 32:6). Rabbi Chaim Wasserman, my NCSY rabbi. I'm quoting this which he sent to Torah Tidbits, but I didn't ask his opinion about IDF converts.
You can't say that their time in the army isolates the students in the conversion course from temptation and also say that being in the army is religiously difficult for Torah-observant Jews.
May we unite into one fighting People. It's up to us to fight for our Land!