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Gideon Drucker
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My experiences as an American serving in the Israel Defense Forces
My experiences as an American serving in the Israel Defense Forces

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Jump School and an IDF Summer
Well…It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down and told you all the
happenings of my life in the army, and I’ll try to cover all of the badass,
interesting things and leave out the seemingly endless hours spent cleaning the
floors, preparing food in the caf...

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First IDF Field Week and Swearing In
So I'm writing to you guys from my makeshift
tent in the field right now (literally writing to you on my notebook as I'm not
allowed a phone in the field), trying to heal and rest as I contemplate the
most grueling, exhausting, and relenting 2 weeks of my l...

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End of Mikve/GIbbush Tzanhanim/Family Time
While I'm sure my pictures have raped most of
your Facebook walls over the past few weeks, I haven't sent out an email
and filled you guys in on what's been going on for a while, so here goes.  About two weeks ago, I finished the 2.5 month I
spent at the ed...

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My First Month In the IDF
Sooooo, I haven't had much time to write recently, (as you'll
see) but now that I do I wanted to catch you guys up on my adventures in the holy
land and some of the happenings from the first month of my army service.
It feels kind of crazy that only 5 weeks...

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Field/Survival Week
Field/Survival
Week Throughout the
first four weeks of the program we had heard rumors about field week; what
physical training it would entail, where we would be “sleeping”, and which
thorn bushes we would be crawling through. By the time we had gotten on ...

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Field/Survival Week
Field/Survival
Week Throughout the
first four weeks of the program we had heard rumors about field week; what
physical training it would entail, where we would be “sleeping”, and which
thorn bushes we would be crawling through. By the time we had gotten on ...

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Get Used to Feeling Like Crap
Our Krav Maga
instructor, a former counter-terrorism special forces operator in the IDF, in a
speech about how to succeed in the army, imbibed us with, what I feel, is the
most important piece of advice I have ever received, “Get used to feeling like
shit. ...

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Why Are You Here?
We’re sitting in
a circle, covered in mud, dirt, and dust. We’ve just run, crawled, carried each
other on our backs, done pushups, squats and the works. Our knees are
scratched, our elbows are bruised, and we’re gazing at the crisp dark sky
trying to catch ...

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Why I'm Joining the IDF
(I wrote this upon deciding in Mid-July that I would be joining the IDF. I wrote it for my friends and family so they would understand why this is all so important to me. I also wrote it for myself so that I will have something to motivate me and remind me ...
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