Earlier this month, fighters in the Golani Reconnaissance Battalion completed a major exercise before transitioning into active duty in the IDF. The Golani soldiers simulated fighting techniques in Israel’s mountainous northern region and practiced sniping from long distances. In a series of rigorous simulations, they climbed a hill while “battling” enemy forces, shot at targets located 200 meters away, and buried mines in order to deter enemy vehicles.
At the end of the exercise, the soldiers earned prestigious certificates and fighter pins to honor their transition into active duty. Family members and friends joined the soldiers to cheer them on and celebrate their success.
Corporal Jan Burstain, a Golani soldier from San Francisco (pictured right), completed the training with fellow soldiers in the Reconnaissance Battalion. At the age of 26, after earning a Bachelor’s Degree, he left his former life behind and moved to Israel. “It was a very difficult time, but now it’s like a dream come true”, Cpl. Burstain said. “I came here to contribute as much as I could to this country and to the safety of its people.”