Zachy, Israel

May 21, 2013

zachy
Dual citizen learning in yeshiva hagush for my first year. Plan on doing another year here and then unsure about the future
Hi, shalom I wanted to know more about your experience in the army You can write in hebrew if you want

Good afternoon Zachy,

Thank you for your question and I apologize for the delay in my response.

I was fortunate enough to have a varied service, I served both as a Drill Sergeant in basic training and as a Tank Commander in regular army duty. Each job had different challenges and requirements. My role as a Drill-Sergeant was more of an educational nature, not only was I in charge of professionally training soldiers; I also dealt a lot with discipline and instilling values. Basic training is a very crucial stage which affects the rest of the soldier’s service. His attitude, professional capabilities and motivation are all formed during the basic training. As you can imagine, this puts a lot of pressure on the Commanders to deliver and train good soldiers.

During my second part of the service, I served as a Commander in the field; i.e. I took part in the day-to-day security tasks around Israel. This job is very different than the first one. Instead of dealing just with new recruits, I had to deal with seasoned soldiers who in many cases were more experienced than I was. On top of that, add the stress of dealing with large numbers of civilians who are just interested in living a peaceful life. For the most part, we were assigned to man check-points and road-blocks, which is a very difficult task. At times we had thousands of people going through the road-blocks a day, our job was to screen them and make sure they weren’t posing a threat on Israel, while maintain their dignity.
The best part of the service is the people you serve with. You get to meet all kinds of Israelis-Jews and those who aren’t, secular and religious, “right wingers” and “left wingers” and the great thing is that you have to get a long; your life literally depends on it. Some of the most interesting conversations I ever had were during my time in the army.
Although my service was very challenging and perhaps because it was so, it was one of the most formative experiences I’ve ever had.

I hope I answered your question and feel free to ask if you have anymore.
Best,
Amitai

 

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