Celebrities In The Israeli Army

mora

War Hero
#1
Are celebrity soldiers equal?

Israeli teen pop star joins army, but fellow recruits claim she gets special treatment



Celebrities In The Israeli Army


For most celebrity performers who make it big by age 18, taking a break from their careers to serve in the army is the furthest thing from their minds. But what if Kelly Clarkson or Britney Spears had to temporarily retire from concert tours to do a tour of duty? What if the Backstreet Boys were asked to drop their mics and pick up guns instead? This is precisely the dilemma that young pop icons face - in Israel.

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Roni "Superstar" Duani, pictured above, became a teenage favorite in 2003
when her debut album went straight to the top of the charts. She was inducted into the
Israel Defense Forces (IDF) a year ago.





Just one day after private Roni “Superstar” Duani, one of the country’s biggest teen pop music idols, enlisted in the army, her fellow recruits contend she is receiving special treatment from commanding officers. The recruits say she is not partaking in daily tasks the other girls are obligated to perform. “She does not perform guard or kitchen duty, and she is even permitted to shower alone,” said one recruit. But a source from the IDF Spokesman’s Office said the superstar is treated just like any other new recruit. “So as not to obstruct the (military) base’s daily routine and prevent crowd gatherings, the soldier (Duani) does not perform guard duty in the front gate and does not perform kitchen duty,” the source said. “Instead, she performs guard duty within the base’s inner-confines, as well as other alternate tasks.” A military source said Duani does clean the latrines, and that “every soldier who asks to shower in private may receive authorization from his or her commanding officers.”

This is not the first time an Israeli celebrity serving in the army has been given permission to shower in private. Blonde bombshell Yael Bar-Zohar complained during her service that people were “peeking” at her while she showered and asked for permission to shower alone.

‘I am very busy but having a lot of fun’

While this official recognition does not extend to teens who are famous entertainers, they are granted it, informally. From a public relations standpoint, pop stars are great for the army. As role models, they give the impetus to other Israeli youth to join the army. On the other side of the coin, the celebrity gets to do a relatively easy service, and realizes that they are not going to have to do a three-year slog in the mud. It's a mutually rewarding exchange.

Being in the army has kept me grounded’

Another major issue for celebrities in the army is dealing with peers. "At the beginning, it was a bit weird because people didn't know how to talk to me," recalls Duani, who says her worst moment in the army was during basic training, when she arrived at the co-ed, communal lunchroom for the first time. "Everyone stopped what they were doing, put down their forks and knives, and stared at me. The room went quiet. It was totally embarrassing. This was a big trauma for me. I never went back to the lunch room again."

But, says Duani, by the end of basic training she had made four close friends. "After awhile they realized I was human - and just as scared as they were about being a new soldier in the army.

"When I am in the army, I feel like a soldier, not a super star," she says, admitting that she does still get asked for her autograph now and again by her IDF colleagues. "The best part of being a soldier is that I am free to act like myself. I don't have to perform all the time. Being a soldier keeps my feet on the ground. It helps me remember where I come from."

 
#2
Are you actually ever going to post an opinion on Arrse, or are you just a press officer from the IDF?
 
#4
Lighten up guys, if that's Mora's bag so be it. You can always just ignore her posts, or do as I do and make a cunning innuendo.

With reference to the young lady:

She can conscript me any time.
 
#6
Does special treatment mean that Support Company have had their raffle tickets confiscated and are not allowed anywhere near her?
 

mora

War Hero
#8
Death_Rowums said:
Lighten up guys, if that's Mora's bag so be it. You can always just ignore her posts, or do as I do and make a cunning innuendo.
What do you mean? What's cunning innuendo? My English sacks. :oops:
 
#9
Look mora cough up the inevitable PT publicity shots or I will have to log out and look for some porn on the net! :D 8O

chop chop theres a good girl :roll:
 
#10
Xplosiverab said:
Does special treatment mean that Support Company have had their raffle tickets confiscated and are not allowed anywhere near her?
I dunno what the problem is I have always showered alone, once every 6 months, if i needed it or not!!! and I got 'speshal treetment'

 
#11
emptyeye said:
I dunno what the problem is I have always showered alone, once every 6 months, if i needed it or not!!! and I got 'speshal treetment'
there you are!



British troops from 2 Platoon 1 Parachute Regiment, part of 16 Air Assault Brigade, take a break from patrolling the front line near Basra to cool down and freshen up by means of an improvised shower unit in Iraq April 7, 2003. British troops guarded by tanks and helicopter gunships walked unopposed into the centre of the city Basra on Monday, meeting a warm reception in the narrow streets of the old quarter. Photo by Giles Penfold






Was there any conscripted Celebrity in British or American army on recent years?
 
#12
Plenty of footballers in the 50/60's mentions a bit about them a book about national service..........good read if you can pick it up some things havent changed a bit :D
 
#13
Certainly no cute celebs in the Brit Armed forces of late, appart from a couple of page 3 girls who i can't remember the names of, who were not that pretty or stunning as the cute things in the Isreali Mil
 
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#16
mora said:
emptyeye said:
I dunno what the problem is I have always showered alone, once every 6 months, if i needed it or not!!! and I got 'speshal treetment'
there you are!



British troops from 2 Platoon 1 Parachute Regiment, part of 16 Air Assault Brigade, take a break from patrolling the front line near Basra to cool down and freshen up by means of an improvised shower unit in Iraq April 7, 2003. British troops guarded by tanks and helicopter gunships walked unopposed into the centre of the city Basra on Monday, meeting a warm reception in the narrow streets of the old quarter. Photo by Giles Penfold






Was there any conscripted Celebrity in British or American army on recent years?
An NFL football player called Pat Tillman left a career in american football after 9/11 to do his bit with the Rangers. He died in Afghanistan in a blue on blue. Ace player, one of the best in his position
 
#18
Yuri Geller was a paratrooper and fought in the 6 day war

Brit celebs ? Bloody loads when there was conscription or war, best of the bunch IMO was David Niven who was in hollywood at the outbreak of the war and about to make it big, jacked it all in to come back and join the Commandos
 
#19
wellyhead :Yuri Geller was a paratrooper and fought in the 6 day war

The-Hog: Topol the actor in Fiddler on the Roof was in the IDF. If I Was A Rich Man doob a dooobeee dooo!!!!!!!
just curious how do you know it? though they both weren't youth idol!
 
#20
mora said:
wellyhead :Yuri Geller was a paratrooper and fought in the 6 day war

The-Hog: Topol the actor in Fiddler on the Roof was in the IDF. If I Was A Rich Man doob a dooobeee dooo!!!!!!!
just curious how do you know it? though they both weren't youth idol!
Remember seeing a pic of Yuri Geller in beret, wings and uzi years ago, quick google give you his bio
 

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