On an average day, promptly at 5:00 a.m. we stood at attention by our beds awaiting instruction. By 5:15, we had already changed into uniform, shaved, polished our shoes, brushed our teeth, and made our beds. After 35 minutes allotted for prayer, bathroom, and a breakfast that consisted of cucumbers, hard boiled eggs, chocolate pudding and bread we were ready to start the day’s activities. We jumped right into rifle training, physical conditioning and Krav Maga, or hand–to–hand combat. Following dinner, we engaged in fortification construction, combat first aid, stealth maneuvering and camouflage adornment. Our day culminated in a speed march in full gear through desert and mountainous terrain that concluded just in time for sunrise.