Is one allowed to join an army (let's say not the Israeli one) as doing so is putting oneself in a place of sakana?
If one is not allowed to join an army in general, is one allowed to join an army for "good cause" (let's say in World War 2 to fight the Nazis)?
Is one allowed to dodge the draft (assuming he won't be caught and won't cause Eiva)?
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His answer, after weighing sources in the matter, was:
( All translations are mine.)
To the point, he says:
I don't know whether he would allow joining an army, under other circumstances( like where there is no draft, no fear of violating Halakhah, and there is no Jewish reason to do so).
this answer depends on the army and the cause. if the country has a draft and they allow freedom of religion such as the US army in WWII i dont see a halachic problem. my grandfather served in the navy. his son (my uncle) is a rabbi in lakewood.. see photo US army having rosh hashanah services in Germany Sept. 1944 http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/focus/jah/
however if you are being drafted into a army like russia where most jews convert or leave the religion evrything must be done to stop our young men from being drafted into the army