Former senior sergeant of the Karakal women's battle battalion Yunna Goldman told about her service in one of the most powerful armies in the world - in Tsakhal.
In this army there is no bullying, they don’t run away from service and use all the professional skills of each soldier in the most rational way.
The heroine of the publication told the publication "Around the world" about how she left for Israel from Rosii without parents according to the Naale program in 2006. Like other Israeli children in 18 years, after graduating from school, she joined the Israel Defense Forces (Tsakhal). Then she went to the Karakal combat battalion, where she served as a medic and sniper. After serving in the rank of senior sergeant, she entered the University of Haifa, studying communications, sociology and anthropology.
Lone soldier - This is the status that almost all new repatriates receive. Yunna says that a certain romantic halo is created around the lone soldiers in the army, it is believed that such soldiers are better motivated, more actively promoted, try harder. In addition, lone soldiers receive state assistance. They have 2 times higher army salaries, they are provided with housing and everything they need. During the service, they are given a monthly leave in order to be able to work in the civil profession, and 1 for a month to fly to their relatives. The flight to the parents is paid by the army. A single mother has the right every six months to talk in private with the commander, to consult with him, to tell him about what disturbs him.
New immigrants in Israel, before embarking on the service, go to courses where they learn Hebrew, traditions, history and geography of the country. Non-Jewish soldiers in the army can go through the Giyur ritual, that is, to accept Judaism. Army Giyur is very simplified, because it is believed that the person who went to serve in the army already feels part of the Jewish people.
Selection... Girls and boys are selected according to the same criteria; the Israeli army does not have male and female lists of professions or troops. After health and psychological tests, the future soldier receives a list with suitable positions - and then he chooses where he is ready to go to serve. The length of the list depends on the basic skills, capabilities, and abilities of the soldier.
Yunna said that people with autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy serve in the Israeli army. They are not required to serve - this is their voluntary decision, and they pass serious tests, entering service. In the army, they are treated with special tenderness.
To get into the "Karakal" battalion, Yunna passed additional tests - you need to run 2 kilometers, push up about 50 times and pass the abdominal exercises. But according to her, the instructors took into account the subject's behavior during the tests - how he interacts in a team.
Boys and girls. Girls on non-combat service spend 2 of the year, and on combat - 3. Everything, like boys. There are no gender differences. The task is the same for everyone, regardless of gender. Unless on a dream to girls the hour is allocated for 1 more.
Romantic relationship between employees are prohibited, but commanders usually give indulgence, the main thing is that everything does not go beyond the bounds of decency.
The territories of boys and girls are separated by a low fence, all men who enter the girls ’territory should loudly shout“ A man in the women's dormitory ”, women should also announce their presence in the male territory.
Military uniform the same for soldiers of both sexes. Only vegetarians in Tsakhal can get a special shape - their shoes are not made of leather, the berets are not made of wool, but made of polyester, and in the dining room there is another menu for them.
Solution. Yunna served as a sniper and told that every day she had to use her rifle telescope to determine who was coming to the soldiers on the border - a terrorist or a refugee, that he had in his backpack. Yunna noted that the most difficult thing in the service is to make a decision: “when you need 18, and you have to decide who to shoot”.
"TOWhen you see that the country gives you 100%, you want to give back 200 in return. When you see how you are protected and protected, you also want to protect and protect in response. ”