Who is the best paratrooper?

Although the London Olympics are over, the competition is just heating up for the Paratrooper Brigade

Date: 04/10/2012, 3:18 PM     Author: Florit Shoihet

Just before the beginning of Sukkot, the best soldiers from the Paratrooper Brigade assembled to settle a burning question once and for all: Who is the best paratrooper?

The competition, which is being held for the second time, took place at the Paratrooper Brigade’s training base under the Military Olympics program, a new initiative under the current Brigade Commander, Col. Amir Baram. The soldiers all excelled, but the winning battalion will be announced in the coming months.

Contestants are tested in several categories associated with combat, including use of the MAG Machine Gun, the Negev Light Machine Gun, marksman rifles, mortars, sniper rifles, first aid skills, navigation, grenade launchers, and LAW Rockets. The goal of the Military Olympics program is to strengthen the qualifications and professionalism within the various battalions, and to examine the professional knowledge of the combat soldiers. Apart from the practical aspect of the competitions, tests were administers on theoretical knowledge. In addition, certain competitions were held at night, in which the brigade is trained to operate.

“Whoever wins gets a lot of respect and pride for himself, his company, and his battalion,” said the commander of the Paratrooper Brigade’s training base, Lt. Col. Guy Berger. “Through this Military Olympics program we can improve the professionalism of all infantry soldiers while preparing the Paratroopers as best we can for the challenges ahead. We test the soldiers in scenarios that are as close to reality as possible, and we are very pleased with the results,” said Col. Baram.

The Brigade’s battalions- 890, 101, 202, and the Commando Battalion- spared no means in order to win top honors. “Each battalion sent his best fighters in each event, and the battalions conducted weeks of training beforehand in various disciplines,” said Lt. Col. Berger. The previous Olympics, held six months ago saw soldiers from the 101st battalion and the Commando Battalion taking top honors.