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My Son, the Soldier

Posted by Avital Pinnick on April 7, 2013

My son the soldier

From the moment my son was born, I knew that this day would come but it’s still a shock to realise that Binyamin has reached this milestone. Last Thursday he began his mandatory three years of army service. (He’s actually in the air force, which is why he has a beige uniform with a blue belt.)

There wasn’t a ceremony, just hugs and goodbyes. We took an early bus to Ammunition Hill and arrived at 7:30 a.m. on a cold, windy day.

Givat haTachmoshet (Ammunition Hill), Jerusalem

Givat haTachmoshet (Ammunition Hill), Jerusalem

My son the soldier

His girlfriend Ayala and his friend Ori came along.

My son the soldier

Binyamin giving his name to the receptionist.

My son the soldier

My son the soldier

The lady giving out candies is a volunteer for an organization that helps soldiers. They do a lot of good work, especially for “lone soldiers” who do not have family in the country or who come from broken homes.

Organization for Soldiers' Welfare

Here’s our final view of Binyamin, leaving to join the other recruits. They boarded another bus to go to “Bakum” (absorption and assignment center) at Tel haShomer, where they received their vaccinations, were issued uniforms, kit bags, etc., and gave DNA samples and dental impressions. Sometimes the process can take a while, especially if a soldier is not happy with the assignment. In Binyamin’s case, he already had a placement, so he didn’t stay very long.

My son the soldier

He was gone for most of the day and returned in the evening in his squeaky new uniform (first photo above) for Shabbat. This morning he left early to begin his basic training in the south.

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6 Responses to “My Son, the Soldier”

  1. Debbie said

    Welcome to the (big) club, Avital. Air force, wow!

  2. pam said

    When I first viewed this set of images in Flickr it was difficult – and reading this post as well. A moment of great pride of course. But also as a mother myself, I know there are other feelings encountered at times like this that can make one sad. Our children indeed do grow up so quickly and then began their own life.

    Binyamin is so handsome! And I absolutely love the picture of him and his Dad – the close up of them each in profile. Beautiful shot. Also the shot of him as he is walking into his new adventure.

    You have been on my mind these past few days and I have been sending thoughts and hugs to you.

  3. Jennifer said

    Mazal tov and sherut kal!

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