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Saturday, November 15, 2003

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At least you can't say the last two weeks were boring...
Remember how I told you about the change between the course and the boot camp? Well, we returned two weeks ago only to discover that all the benefits of our course were taken away because "we didn't behave according to the trust put in us". So we went back to impossible times, screaming, incessant dropping to push ups, as well as trying to balance studying 14 hours a day.
This time however we've got to learn with some hot Radio-Transmission guides... and the word HOT doesn't even begin to describe those girls.
I mean, what is it in radio transmission that gets so many thin, high blonds to one spot?
Anyhow, learning was a bit more *interesting* with the aid of our new guides. I can say, atleast for myself I've studied a lot better, and had much more trouble falling asleep in the classes. After that week of torture, being treated as rookies in our week 1 in the military, we were surprised one evening to discover we were returned to our course schedule. No need to say, tommorow's morning check was p-e-r-f-e-c-t. Even the Sergeant couldn't find a single flaw in it.
And, ofcourse we had our pre-berret journey, which is the hardest of them all. It's a 25km journey, which is done in a crazy speed, I basicly ran all the way, to prepare us for the berret journey ahead. This was the first time we did it with the other platoon in our squadron, which meant more people. Basicly it was way more fun, more people, more equipment, an improved version of the journey.
At the end of the journey we got our tags, a great source of pride for us all, this was one step before the berret, which symbolises the ending of the boot camp and the basic training, and us turning into real soldiers, part of the artillery corps of the IDF.
Also, it was part of us becoming more and more like our commanders. First we got the berret badge. Then we got the red background (which symbolises the blood of the warriors, who died in battle, and basicly shows us being part of a combat branch of the IDF), now the tag. Next week, we're getting the two things left: the turqoise berret of the artillery corps, and the MLRS warrior badge.
The berret will be awarded in a ceremony in the participation of our parents, right after the berret journey. Which means they expect us to stand a hour in the sun, after walking-running for 6-7 hours. Earlier graduators described this ordeal with the phrase "people will be falling like flies". That would be interesting to check.
The rest of the artillery corps, specificaly the shell shovers will be leaving the base a few days after getting the berret. They'll be breaking the distance with their commanders, speaking with them as equals. We? We'll be guarding the base remaining there one week more than anyone else. Hey, atleast we have cooler weapons. Then we're expected to get our first "regilah" which means "ordinary", which means a WEEK OFF!
This is something every IDF soldier gets once in four months and now is our time to get it... see you then.

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