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.

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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....