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    • From a past conscript
    • 26.12.10 | 06:46 (IST)

    This is happening not once or twice but many times in different sections in the IDF. In my case, I was in my early 30s, conscripted in the Mao Mao intake (usually in May), there were all sorts of shady and unstable individuals, which society and the army are trying to rehabilitate some of these characters. But alas some of them are beyond rehabilitation. We were drilled NOT to play with loaded weapons in confined or open areas. But you have always the smart asses who ignore the rules. On one occasion a new immigrant in his late twenties from Russia was playing with and pointing at people, a M16, boasting he knows better than the rest of us because he had served in the then Soviet Army. The M16 went off above his bunk bed leaving a big hole in the ceiling with plaster work scattered on his bed. There were no officers present in the barrack at the time of the incident . Shortly after this mishap a number officers came into the barrack and walked straight to the bunk bed where the incident has happened. They took this fellow away with his still loaded weapon. He never came back. Also a few other individuals were taken away with their loaded weapons. They came after a 2 weeks stint in the nick. This is not only happening when there are new conscripts, but also amongst the more established seasoned soldiers in all sections of the IDF. Time and again the recruits were taught and reminded NOT to play with their loaded weapons or other projectiles and that they should only load their weapons when going on exercises or on their mission(s). Every year these incidents happen at least 6 to 10 times with all the consequences. Real accidents has happened, albeit to often. But in too many cases, the rules are flaunted and ignored.

    from the article: IDF platoon dismantled after soldier hurt playing with weapon
    First published 02:25 26.12.10 | Last updated 02:25 26.12.10
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