The story of an Ola – Sharon Amor (separate file attached)

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The story of an Ola – Sharon Amor


The story of an Ola – Sharon Amor (separate file attached)

I was six years old when my family moved from Israel to the United States. I grew up in Orange County, California with my parents and younger sister, Eden.



I was six years old when my family moved from Israel to the United States. I grew up in Orange County, California with my parents and younger sister, Eden.

The summer before college I came to Israel for a month through NCSY. After I came back to the United States I thought about the trip and thought maybe I should do something different and not go to school right away and go to the army instead.

I made the decision to postpone studying and come serve in the IDF instead. In November 2012 I made Aliyah. I spent six months at Ulpan on Kibbutz Ein HaShofet.

After I finished Ulpan I drafted right away into the IDF. On my draft date I still didn't have a specific job. I decided I had to switch jobs to become a combat soldier.

I was told I would be a combat soldier in the Karkal unit. When I arrived at the base for training and saw there were tryouts for Oketz there, I decided I would try out.

My training in Oketz was about a year and a month. It was extremely challenging. I also struggled with the Hebrew. It wasn’t easy. Still, however hard it was and tired I was, I was happy to come back to base every Sunday. I completed the training and was awarded my commander's pin at the final ceremony.

Female combat soldiers in Oketz work specifically with dogs who sniff out for explosives as well as with search and rescue dogs. I was one of the first people from my class to pass the testing and go missions.

I started the Wings program before my release from the army with the pre-release workshop. There I met my advisor, Maytal. I really appreciate the meetings I have had with her. Maytal has helped me a lot.

I also did the diagnostic testing which helped me decide what path would suit me. I met with Tzvika, the financial advisor a few times. He really helped me! I had an issue I had been struggling with for a few weeks and with just a few phone calls he helped me resolve it.

"Wings gave me someone to help me figure out my plans for the future and school and how to live in Israel post army service."

In October I started studying Business at the IDC in Herzliya. I do want to travel like most Israelis do post army, but it was important to me to start school. I hope to travel to South America between semesters. I support myself financially so I am trying to save up for that.