President Rivlin delivered remarks on Wednesday at the graduation ceremony of the IDF Officers’ Course at Training Base No. 1. IDF Chief of Staff Lieut.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi also spoke at the ceremony. The cadets, from all IDF combat units, had their officers’ badges of rank uncovered during the ceremony, and the president and the chief of staff uncovered the badges of the outstanding soldiers.
There were no families at Training Base No. 1 and the stands, usually filled with cheering crowds, were empty. “I am sure that right now in your homes, your families are proud and happy. The values you got at home, and only them, are what got you here, to the ‘sharp end’ of the IDF. Your families are your and our combat supports. And even if they are not here, their hearts are here!” said the president at the beginning of his remarks.