We Asked Him to Be an Officer. He Asked Her to Be His Wife.

Officer E was born in France, but today he serves as a naval officer aboard an Israeli submarine. He has plenty of stories to tell about his impressive IDF career, but one of them especially stands out. Last month, he proposed to his fiancée during the IDF’s graduation ceremony for naval officers.

Where are you from and why did you make aliyah (immigration to Israel)?

I am from Paris. I did all of high school here in Israel at Kfar Maimon. It’s a school for students who want to graduate high school while also deepening their knowledge of Torah. I also participated in the Sar-el volunteer program several times.

So you didn’t just come to Israel on a whim.

No. Everything was thought out fully. I had wanted to make aliyah and serve in the IDF for a very long time. In 2005, I left France and came here.

We Asked Him to Be an Officer. He Asked Her to Be His Wife.

Officer E gets ready to propose during his IDF graduation ceremony

When did you begin your military service?

I enlisted in the IDF in April 2006. It’s been quite a while! I joined the Michve Alon program for three months to learn Hebrew. I then completed my submarine training, which took a year and three months. The training is long but we learn a lot. It’s funny because before I enlisted in the army, I didn’t even know that there were submarines in the IDF, and now I serve in one.

And your girlfriend? How did you meet her?

It might make you smile, but I owe the meeting my girlfriend to one of the soldiers who served with me. He was older than me and one day he invited me over to his house for a cup of coffee. When I arrived, she was sitting in the room. Our eyes met and it all started. That was six years ago!

You’ve just finished your officer’s training course. It must have been a hard time for her.

That is what made me certain that she was the one I wanted to marry. If a girl is willing to wait four months for you, almost without being able to see you or talk to you at all, that is a real sign. I had a lot of work during the training so even when I came home every once in a while, I didn’t have time to see her. She also helped me tremendously through the course. I managed to finish the course thanks to her.

We Asked Him to Be an Officer. He Asked Her to Be His Wife.

IDF Submarine at night

Tell us about the day that you asked her to be your wife.

 It was the day of the graduation ceremony from officer’s training. All the soldiers who participated had been waiting for this day for a long time and when that day finally arrived, I said to myself: “that’s it, I’m starting a new page in my life.” I wanted her to be part of this special moment and that’s why I chose that day: I wanted it to be engraved forever in her heart.

You proposed to your fiancée in front of several other soldiers on your base. That’s pretty bold. Does this say something about your personality?

[Laughing] No, to the contrary! I’m actually very shy and reserved. My fiancée is too. I usually don’t like public displays of affection. You might say this doesn’t make sense, considering the way I proposed to her, but I wanted to do something different  something she wouldn’t expect. All I can say is that it worked out very well! I have to admit  she’s still sort of in shock after the proposal.

We Asked Him to Be an Officer. He Asked Her to Be His Wife.
Soldiers who met and fell in love in the IDF
We Asked Him to Be an Officer. He Asked Her to Be His Wife.
Soldiers who met and fell in love in the IDF
We Asked Him to Be an Officer. He Asked Her to Be His Wife.
Soldiers who met and fell in love in the IDF
We Asked Him to Be an Officer. He Asked Her to Be His Wife.
Soldiers who met and fell in love in the IDF

I told her to take 24 hours to think about her decision, but she didn’t need a lot of time. Right now, I’m the happiest man in the world!

Today is Valentine’s Day. Do you have something planned?

As I was saying, we’re a simple couple and pretty reserved. We’ll go to dinner alone, just the two of us.

How do you see the future together?

Get married, live together and have a family.

We wish the very best of luck to this special IDF couple. Happy Valentine’s Day!

We Asked Him to Be an Officer. He Asked Her to Be His Wife.

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