Gilad Shalit
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Gilad Shalit getting discharged from IDF

After nearly seven years in service, Gilad Shalit scheduled to be discharged from IDF in two weeks

After nearly seven years in service Gilad Shalit is finally getting discharged from the IDF. Sergeant First Class Shalit is scheduled to be discharged in two weeks, four and half months after being released from Hamas captivity. The precise date will be decided in the coming days after Shalit undergoes further tests.


Shalit's medical condition has improved immensely in the past few months mainly thanks to treatment he received as a soldier.


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It has yet to be decided whether Shalit will be discharged at the Tel Hashomer base or at his unit's base in northern Israel. It is also possible Shalit will not be required to make an appearance at the base. The IDF will decide whether to hold a special ceremony to mark the event.


Shalit will continue to receive treatment from the Defense Ministry which will decide his status as a disabled IDF veteran. He will be entitled to further medical and psychological care and may receive a monthly allowance as a disabled IDF veteran.


Shalit joined the IDF in July 2005 and served in the Armored Corps' 188th Brigade. In June 25, 2006 he was abducted to the Gaza Strip and held in captivity for five years and four months. During this time he was promoted to Sergeant First Class and recognized as a career officer.


Shalit was released as part of a prisoner swap deal between Israel and Hamas in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners on October 18, 2011. Upon his return to Israel he was recognized as a disabled IDF veteran and underwent a shrapnel removal surgery.




פרסום ראשון: 03.13.12, 19:40
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