About the Author

Herbie Epstein is 23 years old and grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. He graduated with a degree in Print Journalism and a minor in history from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. He moved to Israel in August 2009 with the intentions of enlisting in the Israeli Army as a volunteer. After living on Kibbutz Ramat Yohanan for five months, he currently resides in Givatayim with his girlfriend Michelle.

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  1. aaron m
    27/04/2010 at 22:39

    hey herbie,

    i’m interested in joining the IDF as well, and i was wondering if i could get some information about how they determine health profiles. You mentioned that you got a health profile of 64, and that you have glasses. did your glasses lower your profile to that level? if so, at what prescription will your profile be lowered?

    I’ve seen online that some things (like yahalom combat engineers) require equal or better than -3diopters. a friend of mine who was in the army, who doesn’t speak english well, mentioned to me that “a normal” prescription won’t lower your profile….what doctors consider to be normal may be very different from what he meant.

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