Monday, May 26, 2014

Great In Uniform - Israel's Special Needs IDF Volunteers

An inside look at Israel's program for special needs volunteers for the IDF, in a country where every human life has importance and everyone's contribution is valued.

An IDF of my friends relayed to me a tale about one of Israel's elite units, where applicants endured rigorous physical testing to see if they qualified. One of the applicants drove himself to the point of physical exhaustion and passed out during the tests.

Instead of being a washout, the applicant who fainted was accepted. As the sergeant in charge told him, strength and stamina, we can build up. But the ruach (spirit) to continue past the breaking point is something that is much harder to find. By giving his all, that applicant proved to us he was worthy of being selected.

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