More than seven thousand Israeli high school children, both boys and girls, are undergoing military training with the Israeli Gadna - or Youth Corps - Command.
GV & CU High school children practise assembly of automatic weapons (3 shots)
GV & CU Children being taught unarmed combat (3 shots)
CU Land mines and explosive equipment TILT UP GV class
CU Girls watching man demonstrating weapons (4 shots)
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Background: More than seven thousand Israeli high school children, both boys and girls, are undergoing military training with the Israeli Gadna - or Youth Corps - Command.
This film shows a camp somewhere in Israel where a number of teenagers are on a course designed to introduce them to rudiments of military training, coupled with physical fitness. They are first shown how to handle and use rifles and automatic weapons and how to service them. Instruction is given by veteran Israeli army officers and NCO's who also give practical lessons in close combat as well as other self-defence methods.
Equal importance is attached to the understanding of mines, booby-traps and similar explosive equipment. The aim is to familiarise the children with the weapons and thus remove their fear of them.
Finally, young men and girls are taught the elements of patrol work which will enable them to take guard duties - alongside army and militiamen - in their own home towns and villages.
The Gadna Command scheme is perhaps an unpleasant necessity, in view of the tense situation which lingers on in the Middle East. But at least the schoolchildren and the army try to meet on common ground and make the training sessions a mixture of light-heartedness and seriousness.