From a Teenager to an IDF Soldier in 12 Photos

Have you ever wondered what an IDF soldier’s journey really looks like? In these 12 pictures, we take you from the first day of his service to the last. Each step is difficult, but the mission is crucial: to defend the State of Israel. 

1.

The big day has arrived. Our soldier arrives at the enrollment center and says goodbye (for now) to his family …

Enlistment

Enlistment

2.

… and is soon on his way to basic training.

Helmets

3.

To get into an elite unit, he has to pass the most difficult of tests…

Entrance exam to the Nahal Reconnaissance Battalion

Entrance exam for the Nahal Reconnaissance Battalion

4.

…and prove himself in every aspect of his training.

Exercise Reconnaissance Battalion Corps of Military Engineering

Exercise of the Reconnaissance Battalion Corps of Military Engineering

5.

He has to march 50-70 kilometers…

Soldiers

6.

…before receiving his fighter’s beret.

Beret

 7.

Now, he moves onto field missions…

Helicopters

 8.

…security patrols along the borders of four countries…

Sunset

 9.

…and long hours of guard duty…

Moonlight

10.

… while trying to rest at every opportunity.

Soldierresting

11.

For some, after two or three long years of service, it’s time to return to civilian life…

Cut the identification card of the soldier is the end of military service

A soldier cutting his identification card at the end of his military service

12.

…while others choose to serve in the army for a little longer!

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz


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