Among many youths, it is customary to spend afternoons and weekends in military-style training preparations. One such group of about 400 seniors from around the country has been doing strength and endurance training with a military veteran to prepare for the rigors of the army, including running through an obstacle course.
“The mandatory military service is one of the experiences that most shapes the lives of Israelis,” said Nir Cohen, 31, a former paratrooper who runs the “Excellent Training” program. “We try to prepare them both physically and mentally.”
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Photos by AP photographer Oded Balilty