6 months later: Schalit to be discharged from IDF

Released last October from Hamas captivity, soldier will be discharged with rank of sergeant-major.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 18, 2012 10:08
Gilad Schalit smiles outside his Mitzpe Hila home

Gilad Schalit smiles outside his Mitzpe Hila home 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Nir Elias)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Gilad Schalit was expected to be discharged from the IDF on Wednesday, six months after being released from Hamas captivity in the Gaza Strip. Having been promoted while in captivity, Schalit will be discharged with the rank of sergeant-major.

IDF Manpower Division officials visited Schalit at his Mitzpe Hila home on Tuesday to complete his discharge paperwork. As a result, the soldier will not need to make his release official at an IDF induction base.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Last month, the Defense Ministry announced it would recognize Schalit as a disabled IDF veteran upon his release from active service. Recognition was granted per request by Schalit.

The Defense Ministry said that his request was expedited due to the circumstances surrounding his service, which was spent in Hamas captivity.

Schalit was released from Hamas captivity last October in a prisoner exchange deal that saw 1,027 Palestinian prisoners freed for the soldier, who was kidnapped in 2006 from his tank along the Gaza Strip border.

Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.

Related Content

Riot
August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night

By DANIEL K. EISENBUD