"Israel’s strength depends on IDF and its soldiers"

Largest ever group of Aerial Defense Network recruits sworn in following nine weeks of basic training

Date: 25/01/2012, 7:04 PM     Author: Yael Livnat

Around 200 IAF Aerial Defense Network soldiers recently completed their nine-week basic training and were sworn in at a ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

The November 2011 draft cycle saw the largest ever group of recruits enter the Aerial Defense Network. The group included 40 women.

The recruits have been assigned to be trained to operate one of the IAF’s aerial defense systems, including the Hawk, Patriot, Stinger and Iron Dome.

Following the induction ceremony, the soldiers will take six-week professional training courses.

“The existence of [Israel] is not obvious,” Aerial Defense Network Commander, Brig. Gen. Doron Gavish said at the ceremony. “Now it’s the turn of our generation to take care of and operate on behalf of the existence of the Jewish people in the land of Israel. The strength of the country depends on the IDF (Zahal) and its soldiers, and Israel’s strength now depends on you. The rapid development of Israel in air and space only heightens the importance of aerial defenses as a combat element within the IDF (Zahal) and IAF.”