Soon I’ll Learn…

Where my next son will go in the army. Elie received orders for artillery -I didn’t know how lucky I was until a few weeks into his training. His commanding officer came to visit our house, sat for hours, and explained. The funny thing, of course, is that Or didn’t tell us the truth. Well, he told us the truth as he knew it, but the army shifted things.

His truth was that in war, artillery remains many kilometers behind. Trajectories and angles and physics – it doesn’t matter to a mother’s heart. All that matters is that since we live in such a small country with enemies right on our borders, most of the time, artillery simply parks itself and shoots.

The second part of Or’s explanations proved to be false. He said that when military operations were needed within Arab cities, artillery units were used around the perimeter while special forces went in. Well, sometimes that’s true…often it’s not. Elie’s “Ima, did you know there were tall buildings in Kalkilya” was just one time I became aware that Elie too entered and “operated” inside Arab villages when needed.

I learned my way in the Israeli army within artillery…and now as Elie finished and Shmulik begins…I know I have a new path to take. He hasn’t gotten that letter that tells him what unit he will be in but so far, it seems it will be one of three: Kfir, Givati, or Tanks.

Nothing is final in the army until…well, until it is final. We are weeks away from Shmulik entering the army – already my stomach does a bit of a dance when I think of it. Elie is weeks away from exiting the army – already I am forcing myself not to think away these last weeks. Next week, he spends attending a course that teaches him of the rights and benefits he will receive after he leaves the army…discounted courses and educational benefits, loans and more.

Israel is preparing to thank my son for his service…as it prepares to take my next son. A door closes and another opens. One son leaves the army as the next goes in. Soon…soon I will learn what new assignments there will be, what new worries and challenges.

3 Comments on Soon I’ll Learn…

  1. My son after my son in the army will probably be entering the forces this summer, and there should be about a year’s overlap where I will have TWO in. This next son is set on entering a combatent unit. He WAS supposed to go for a day where he could try to be accepted into certain elite units, but he cut his fergers very badly a few days before, needing stiches, and was not able to participate. So he (and I) will have to wait till closer to his enlistment to know where he is going to be. But he will try for the most active unit he can get. I feel like I am offering my heart up to the country; I hope I can keep my worries in check.

  2. Kfir?

    If that’s where he ends up, could be interesting. They seem to have had more than their fair share of media coverage lately.

  3. May Elie complete is IDF service safely and in good health and be proud of his service and of the IDF…and may Shmulik enter a unit of his liking and serve with pride, in good health and safety. Your children and all the sons and daughter of Israel (and the Lone Soldiers) are our children too, and we pray for their safety and honor their service.

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