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Trial by fire, IDF style

Officers summoned to Military Intelligence leadership workshop have to overcome unusual challenge, walk on hot coals. Eight officers suffer mild burns, sources in Military Intelligence call exercise dangerous, unnecessary

A bond of a different kind A recent leadership workshop for senior officers in the Israel Defense Forces' Military Intelligence ended with eight of them suffering light to moderate burns on their feet, after walking on hot coals – literally.


The incident took place last week at a workshop meeting, meant to empower and bond Military Intelligence officers are inline for a promotion.


Senior officers from various technology, intelligence and special-operations' units were summoned to a 10-day workshop, which included lectures, tutorials and coaching sessions – as well as a fire-walk.


The workshop and been conducted for several years and with great success, a source in Military Intelligence told Yedioth Ahronoth. The fire-walk, however, was a new addition, introduced for the first time this year.


And walk they did: Three of the officers suffered light burns and were treated on site, a fourth required medical attention, and four others ended up seeking independent medical care.


Sources in Military Intelligence later commented that while the importance of leadership workshops in great, the fire-walk was a redundant, dangerous exercise, which could have ended much worse; adding that the only thing the officers learned from it was that if you walk on hot coals – your feet will get burnt.


The IDF Spokesperson's Unit issued a statement saying that "the exercise was conducted as part of an officers' leadership workshop. Two officers received medical attention after sustaining very minor burns. None of the officers suffered any serious injuries."


פרסום ראשון: 08.04.08, 09:55
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