Israel Navy's Beauty Queen
23 March 2009 , 11:56
Corporal Adi Rodnitzki
Miss Israel 2009, Corporal Adi Rodnitzki. Photo: IDF Spokesperson
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I learned to deal with situations that were difficult for me, physically and mentally. Learning about personal communications also contributed for my preparation as a soldier
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Miss Israel 2009
Corporal Adi Rodnitzki, as she won the Miss Israel 2009 competition . Photo: Michelle Dotcom, "Israel Today"
Rani Sneh

Without a doubt, the most presentable Corps in the IDF is the Navy. White uniforms, impeccable ceremonies reflect an impressive sense of duty. It was therefore not surprising to discover that Miss Israel 2009 Adi Rodnitzki is also a corporal in the Israel Navy. Even less surprising is the fact that she serves as the secretary of the head of the Foreign Relations, whose job it is to present the Navy to the world. This is an important role that represents the unit. In addition to office work, we participate in meetings with senior personalities from abroad, commented Rodnitzki, I enjoy my service and I am happy to be in the place I am.


Adi, single, 20 years old and from Tel Aviv, has completed one and a half years of her service. She arrived to the Navy after finishing her basic training and notes that even at the time of her draft into the IDF she wanted the position that she now holds. There are high quality people. Some of them speak foreign languages, which raises my interest level. Adi was born in Israel and completed high school at the Alianz School in Tel Aviv, where she chose to study economics, psychology and French. 


According to Adi, for many years people tried to convince her to participate in beauty competitions but she wasn't interested. Adi was a model for the Elite Agency and later joined the Look Agency. This was a turning point for her interest in joining the competition scene. I met with representatives of Look and they asked me if I wanted to be a model in the competition. I thought about it, and told myself Yes, I will go for it. I asked how it was going to be arranged with the army and they told me that generally these things are approved by the IDF and that there shouldnt be a problem. But it was a problem. 


In order to participate, Adi had to sign an agreement to defer her service for three months, during which she held intensive training and preparation for the competition. Some of the rehearsals were not simple, but I really enjoyed them she claimed. The most significant rehearsal was in Haifa four days before the ceremony. We had rehearsals from seven in the morning until 11 at night she says. The intensity and difficult rehearsals also helped her later in her performance as a soldier. I learned how to work hard. The rehearsals and the pressure werent easy but they made me stronger. I learned to deal with situations that were difficult for me, physically and mentally. Learning about personal communications also contributed for my preparation as a soldier.


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From the beginning of the competition until the end I got a lot of support from my friends in the army


One of the things that surprised Adi the most was the support she received from the IDF, particularly her direct commander. Normally, commanders dont want their soldiers to leave and because of that I was afraid to ask her, but from the moment I did she was more excited than I was and that convinced me to do it. She says her commander understood her need to leave the office for several months. She called me during these months and also after I won, I received a phone call from her, she remembers with a smile. Adi also received many calls of support from her friends in the Navy: From the beginning of the competition until the end I got a lot of support from them.


10 months of military service remain for the beauty queen and she fully intends to complete them even if things may have changed slightly. I will not be in the army for a large number of hours, things will change. I do what I can. Beyond the days where she is busy with interviews she is planning to compete in the Miss Universe competition in a few months. The army will release me, I am not worried, she stated. It really doesnt bother me, they release me every time I need to and when I dont then Im in the army. It is not contradictory, she stresses. I continue to do regular service as needed.