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IDF Paramedic Describes Balancing Army Service, Hip-Hop (VIDEO)

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Cpl. Inbar. Photo: Screenshot,

Cpl. Inbar. Photo: Screenshot,

A female Israeli soldier who serves as a paramedic on the Lebanese border said that though her job in the military is “one of the most meaningful things I’ve done in my life,” it doesn’t leave much time for pursuing her passion as a hip-hop dancer.

In a video posted on the IDF’s official Facebook page, Crpl. Inbar, 19, said,

It’s really, really hard to succeed in dancing and do all of this. [I dance] mostly on the weekend and I don’t have so many weekends to myself. When I get back home, I always go straight to the studio. It’s about investing and giving my all to train, even when I’m by myself. But I know I need to do it to succeed and for my [dance] team, because it’s something that I really love.

Inbar said that she uses dancing — which she has been doing since the age of 10 — as an emotional release from the “terrible” things she regularly witnesses as a military paramedic.

“It’s something you can only understand once you’ve experienced it,” she added. “All the adrenaline you feel when treating someone, the thrill, the stress, [these are] things you can only feel when you’re providing emergency treatment. The sentence ‘you saved my life’ is a sentence that only a person who experienced it can understand how it feels.”

Watch the Hebrew video with English subtitles below:

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