Beduin soldiers prepare to be IDF trackers

November 1, 2012 21:53


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Beduin soldiers who will soon be serving on the front lines as trackers have completed their basic training phase with a gruelling five hour march on Thursday.

Signicant numbers of Beduin youths continue to join the IDF, where many put the age-old Beduin knowledge of maneuvering land on foot - gained through a rich history of nomadic movements - in the service of Israel's national security.

Private Kasem Juamis, of the Galillee village of Zarzir, was one of the soldiers who completed the month-and-a-half basic training this week, and was cited by his commanders for being the most outstanding recruit.

"From here, we will go on to 3.5 months of advanced training. Eventually, we will be spread out and join IDF forces on all the borders to search for infiltrators," Juamis told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

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