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August 20, 2012 7:49 am

IDF Uses Lessons From Gilad Shalit for Captivity Training

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Gilad Shalit salutes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after prisoner exchange deal in Oct. 2011. Photo: wiki commons.

Times of Israel – The IDF has updated its methods for training soldiers on what to expect if they are taken prisoner of war, based on lessons learned from Gilad Shalit who spent five years in Hamas captivity.

Captivity training mentally prepares pilots and soldiers in elite units operating behind enemy lines for the horrors of captivity and to enable them to hold on to their secrets for the critical first few days, during which the secrets they possess could put other Israeli lives in danger.

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