Israeli Soldier Graduates First in US Army Course

Idan Shetel, a company commander in the IDF Armored Corps, graduated first in his Maneuver Captains Career Course.

Captain Idan Shetel

Captain Idan Shetel and a friend from the course.

“I was the only Israeli there. I was with 16 foreign officers from all over the world, and obviously quite a few Americans.”

Demonstrating excellence in all areas of academic and military training, Shetel competed with students from around the world–Japan, Australia, Egypt, and others. Hosted by the US Army at Fort Benning, GA, the seven-month course prepares captains for company commands and serving as officers at battalion and brigade levels.

Captain Idan Shetel

Captain Idan Shetel and officers from the course.

“I was also required to explain about the state and the army. The peak was when I led a lesson on the Yom Kippur War. It was interesting to tell about it to the Egyptians because they only know about the beginning phase of the war. They for sure don’t know that we won in the end, but they were gentlemen and also knew how to appreciate what I’m saying–and to argue when needed.”

Shetel underwent a rigorous application process and competed with dozens of candidates before being selected as Israel’s representative for the course.

Shetel will implement gained knowledge and experience as the new course commander of tank commanders.

Shetel enlisted in the IDF in 2004, initially serving in the 7th Flotilla of the Israel Navy. After a short while, Shetel left for the Armored Corps. After a series of roles in the corps, Shetel served as platoon commander of the 53rd Battalion along the Israel-Lebanon border. Prior to Cast Lead, he was promoted to deputy company commander and was awarded for his excellence by the chief of the Armor Corps for Shetel’s leadership in southern Gaza.

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