Basic Training


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מאת: Mitgaisim Website

After all your initial encounters with the military, the first summon, the preparation for your enlistment, saying goodbye to your friends and family at the recruitment bureau before getting on the bus and going through the enlistment chain ("Sharsheret Hiyul'), it's finally time for your real confrontation with the IDF - The basic training!

Basic training is a challenging experience, yet it's purpose is extremely important – to make you real soldiers of Israel Defense Forces. As you may have heard from a friend, close relative or loved one, basic training is not a "walk in the park". But don't worry; we've got your back! Here are the 5 challenges you will probably face during your basic training:

Long distance from your loved ones

The last hug with your parents before getting on the bus is one of the most emotional moments in any recruiter's life. At this moment, you will realize that you are about to become an independent soldier and be away from home for quite some time. So, what should you do?

First of all, remember that this is not a real separation. Technology and social media allows you to maintain contact with your friends and family at home. For this reason, we advise you to create a habit of making video calls, sending messages, and sharing photos and experiences - then suddenly the distance won't seem so noticeable. You can also be sure that soon enough, the people who serve with you will become your friends too, so you will definitely not feel alone.

Learn to take orders

When you arrive at the training base you will meet your commanders for the first time. They will explain to you the discipline during basic training; You must not perform any activity without their permission (including going to the bathroom) and they are the ones who will guide you through your basic training. There is no doubt that sometimes it is not easy to take orders from others, especially from strangers. So, what should you do?

You need to acknowledge the fact that this is how the hierarchical system works and learn to adapt to it. The military has different levels of commanding ranks - in addition to your rights and obligations.

How to Handle Your Time

"30 seconds go" is one of the most common sentences you will hear during the basic training period. Besides the strict discipline, you will also need to stick to a tight schedule during your training while executing various commands. The commanders will set the task by giving the command "open your watches" along with setting a limited time frame for performing the task you were given. So, what should you do?

Make an effort to adapt to the given circumstances. The more you will do it the more practice you will get - allowing you to properly learn to manage the set time you were given.  On your part, invest and work hard to get the job done as best as you possibly can.

Keep Your weapon Close-by

Hello, meet your best friend for the basic training period - A M16 rifle or in other words, your weapon ('Neshek'). During the first days of training you will receive a 'Neshek', which you will later use for shooting range day. Until that day, the 'Neshek' will be with you 24/7 (also when you go to the toilet or take a shower). Pay attention! The abandonment of your 'Neshek' is considered to be a serious offense that has unpleasant consequences.  For this reason, it's important to keep your 'Neshek' as close to you as possible at all times. So, what should you do?

Make yourselves accustom to not go anywhere without your 'Neshek'. Every few minutes you should make sure that you have it on you, and keep in mind of the consequences if you lose or forget it somewhere.

Staying "Shabbat" at the Base

Almost every soldier during his/her basic training period has stayed at the base for weekend at least once in order to secure the base. While the situation sounds discouraging, and to be honest it may not be the best idea to check your friends' Instagram on a Friday night, you can be certain that spending time together during the weekend with your basic training friends will prove to be a very enjoyable and memorable experience! So, what should you do?

Take the opportunity to make memories: Telling stories, eating together, singing, laughing and even catching up some sleep. Suddenly it doesn't sound so bad, does it?


There is no doubt that the basic training is an intense transition from the indulgent civil lifestyle to the military discipline, with considerable physical effort and restricted timeframes. Every new era in your life entails new challenges, and the wise thing to do is to find a way to overcome them and even find the joy in them. Remember, basic training is a once in a lifetime experience in which you will make new friends that will be by your side for the rest of your service, and even for life. Take advantage of it in order to experience new funny stories and achieve memories that will stick with you for life.

Good luck!  


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