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SPECIAL IN UNIFORM

WHY THE IDF?

The IDF is known as the people’s army. The significance of this model is that beyond its military duty to ensure Israel’s security, it also plays an important social role. It is a melting pot that brings together all sectors of Israeli society. Over the years, this approach led to the formation of several IDF units for at-risk and delinquent youth in the process of rehabilitation.

SPECIAL IN UNIFORM

The Israeli military has a secret weapon — a highly trained squad of elite soldiers that’s entirely made up of disabled and autistic teens. Special in Uniform is a Jewish National Fund-USA program that integrates young adults with disabilities into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and, in turn, into Israeli society. Its core belief is that everyone belongs and has the right to reach his or her full potential.

The Israeli military has a secret weapon — a highly trained squad of elite soldiers that’s entirely made up of disabled and autistic teens. Special in Uniform is a Jewish National Fund-USA program that integrates young adults with disabilities into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and, in turn, into Israeli society. 

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Bases
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Quotes and Testimonials

"The program fulfilled my dream and today I am a soldier with an IDF card. Thanks to the program, I am more independent today, more confident in myself, and know that I can contribute like everyone else!“.
Stav Salomon
young adult in SIU program
“This is the first time in my life that I met young adults with special needs, they shattered all the stigmas I had on them. I feel today that they are part of us, equal as everyone else."
Yonatan Galor
soldier in the IDF
“Special in uniform program helps me grately, giving me the feeling that I am like everyone else, and no different. I can contribute to the country too!"
Omer Lahat
young adult in SIU program
"They have become ordinary soldiers in everypossible way, they do everything, even duty of the base - they are a symbol and a model for all of us"
Shuli Aharon
commander of division in Palmahim Air Force base
"They do wonderful things here, they initiate, they care grately. For me they are equal as everyone else".
Ran Maman
deputy commander of the Home Front Command base
"I feel proud to volunteer in the military, it is special and important to me. The commanders and soldiers rely on me, I succeed in relationships with people and most importantly, I contribute to the country"
Itay Fourmojo
young adult who volunteer in SIU program
"The cooperation between the volunteers and the Tel Hashomer equipment base bears its fruits and the integration of the volunteers into the work base contributes to them, soldiers and Israeli society"
Lieutenant Colonel Yossi Kraso
commander of the equipment division of the Tel Hashomer base

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