A year of living dangerously: An insider's account of the changing face of the Israeli army
How does the IDF still lure an impressive number of young men into combat units; and how does it keep them away from their smartphones? Amos Harel spent a year with a company in the Nahal Brigade and saw an army that’s totally different from the IDF of two or three decades ago.
January 2012. The new recruits of the 931st Battalion of the Nahal Brigade, who were called up in November 2011, embark on their first week of fieldcraft. This is the first lengthy stay of the members of Company B − who have been in uniform slightly more than a month − under the skies and outside the paramilitary infantry brigade’s basic-training base at Tel Arad. The soldiers will be drilled today on...
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