Today was the third and best day of Gadna. We rose nice and early, and after a rather traumatic ‘field breakfast’, we headed off to the shooting range. We lined up, hearts pumping and hands shaking. Holding the powerful, deadly machine in our arms as we had been trained to, we took aim. Most shots hit the sandy bank behind, but a few tore through the cardboard targets. Afterwards, we went into the field. Faces covered in mud and branches sticking out from our clothes, we learnt the different crawls and walks. It was all very fascinating and enjoyable to learn! We then had a lesson on grenades, and I discovered my talent in life – running away from grenades! 16 metres in 4 seconds, we ran across the desert floor and dived into the ground, often landing on rocks and barbed wire. But although we were left bruised and battered that day, we were also left with smiles on our faces and glowing memories which we would treasure for years to come.
Today was the last day of Gadna. After the closing ceremony, which took a bit too long, we went off to clean the guns we had fired yesterday. It was very interesting to take the guns apart and see all the different mechanisms that create such a deadly weapon. We then talked with our mefekedet, but as a friend rather than a commander. This was really nice, and we know we will stay in contact with her. Peeling of the dusty khaki uniforms we had worn for the last 4 days was a moment of relief. With our
civilian clothes underneath, it felt like we were human once again. We left the base and arrived at a plaza, where we took the supermarket by storm. On the way back to campus we stopped in Be’er Sheva to see an ANZAC memorial. It was interesting and important for us to see our nation’s involvement in Israel. Afterwards we were able to chill out in the park which was a great way to recover from Gadna.
Today was the first day of our open Shabbat. Some of us stayed at campus and some of us stayed with family or friends in different places all around Israel. I went to my family in Yavne. They took me to some beautiful places such as Jaffa and Haifa. Jaffa was especially stunning, with its cobbled streets, sea breeze and atmosphere. On Saturday night we all returned from our various places and rejoined as a group.