The military framework is a unique framework whom is very different from the civilian life you know. Many recruits arrive unready with no preparation, and as a result they find themselves in unpleasant situations. We’ve gathered six important rules that you must follow during basic training and some rules also in your regular service in front of a commander.
Do’s and Don'ts in Front of a Commander
1| YES SIR!
As soon as you arrive in the IDF, your commanders will instruct you with different orders, and you will have to follow each and every one of them, even if you won't entirely understand the purpose or logic standing behind them. Follow the orders and have discipline - that way you will easily pass your basic training and prevent getting punishments.
2| Bro, check this out:
Part of your personal commander and generally all commanders’ authority is to keep a “distance”. This “distance” is a military term which means that the contact between the commander and his soldiers is professional only and any time you need to speak with a commander you start by saying “hakshev hamefafed” which means “attention sir”. The “distance” is also the reason why you cannot call your commander: “bro” or “my man” etc.
3| Don’t Lie:
Honesty is the secret for your basic training in particular and your service at all to be successful. In addition to it being one of the IDF’s spirit values, honesty is an essential quality for civilian life. Be true and prove to people that you can be trusted. When you make a mistake - admit making it and your commanders will appreciate honesty and authenticity as a soldier and also as a person.
4| But sir…
Be sure to know that arguing with a commander about his orders will not bring positive results. Sometimes, orders given in training before your regular service will seem irritating for new recruits who do not know what stands behind them. Listen to the orders and instructions given by the commander who is authorized to, and do not argue unless a clearly illegal command is given.
Making decisions is not one of the qualities you will be able to express in the beginning of your service. Along with the recruitment you will experience losing independence, and it won’t be easy for some of you. Although, know that this step can also be helpful like not needing to plan your day - all you need to do is follow the orders that were given to you. The commanders will take care of the rest.
The purpose of the body gesture known as a salute is a sign of respect to a senior personality. While being customary during the regular service and mostly in special positions like ceremonies, also during basic training and courses you are required to salute every officer as a part of the terms of discipline.