Sharing the Burden

The time has come again.
Exactly one year has passed since the war in Lebanon, and I’ve been called again to serve in my army reserve unit.

General location: Israel’s eastern border.
Specific location: unknown.
General mission: secure the border.
Specific activities: unknown.
General time frame: one month.
Vacation policy: unknown.

Today in Israel, although it’s supposed to be compulsory, only about half of Israel’s citizens choose to serve in the army, and only a small portion of them serve in combat units which actually share the heavy (and dangerous) burden of securing our country 24x7. It comes down to a choice of conscience between your personal interests and the good of the country - a tough choice indeed. Never mind that it could be dangerous, leaving my family for such a long period of time is almost unbearable.
I’m leaving on Monday.
Wish me luck.

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* The usual semi-amusing p.s. is omitted due to "SHVEEZOOT" (Hebrew slang for an army related depression).

25 comments:

In Ardua Tendit said...

Good luck, and stay safe.

Moti Karmona said...

תעשה חיים

Uri Kalish said...

10x.

yair.h said...

This reserve army model is collapsing because of many reasons. The burden falls, in practice, on about 3% of all enabled men.

It is very unfair, and unfair things usually don't stand long.

Good luck Uri!

Anonymous said...

just remind yrself what awaits u @ work
& yr duty will b over in no time
;-)

Uri Kalish said...

:-)

sfgirl said...

Take care, Uri and God keep you safe. You have a wonderful blog here.

Bob Johnson said...

Your a brave man, be careful out there, think positive thoughts!

Anonymous said...

good luck
"wars come and go but my soldiers stay eternal" tupac

Ginro said...

Good luck, God speed, and return safe.

Uri Kalish said...

Hi everybody!

I’m back at home for a short vacation after a few days of infantry training. For the rest of the month I'll be assigned to a famous and pastoral spot on the Israel-Jordan border, so it seems like this round is going to be safe. Thank you all for your support. I’ll continue posting new material after I’ll sleep for a day or two…

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Stay safe and God speed.
What a great blog!!!

JJ

Jadedvisalian.com said...

Take care and be smart and be safe.

Staci Rose said...

Stay safe, be smart, send the goat in first. ;)

Uri Kalish said...

Thank you all for your support!

E-Babe said...

Prayers for your safety...

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Your culture is very interesting, I'm from Latin America, we've had quite a few wars going on in our countries, though the reasons are totally different, I would say we share common perspectives toward life. Keep blogging.

Best of luck for you, have a safe return home. Wish well to your family and country.

Uri Kalish said...

Thanks :-)

Joe said...

Good luck out there, stay safe and I will keep checking your blog for updates (as I'm sure many others will as well).

Uri Kalish said...

Thanks :-)

MS said...

Stay safe, as much as duty and conscience permit.

One thing about your children, especially the older one. You might record yourself reading stories they like, so they can listen to these when you're away. My son used cassettes I sent him many years ago to fall asleep sometimes, since I normally read him a bedtime story.

Your comments on how unfair the current conscript system is are interesting. The last time I was in Germany, that was one of the topics of discussion. A citizens' army makes sense in theory, but if there are too many exceptions, it is no longer a citizens' army.

Uri Kalish said...

I'm back!

MS said...

So are we going to get an update? Or would that violate security somehow?

I suppose you've got more important stuff to catch up on first, though.

Uri Kalish said...

Well, it was hotter than your typical Israeli summer, but relatively calm. One night we were informed by intelligence that a group of terrorists is about to infiltrate our area. We were reinforced by some special units that set up several ambushes and spent the night patrolling the fence, looking through night vision goggles and thermal vision devices, but except from that, most of the nights we rushed to the border after something touched the electric fence only to discover tracks of wild boars or a porcupine. Anyway, I’m home.

WoFat said...

Keep your head down and watch your back.