Military service: Israel Defense Forces (IDF), 2005-2012
Gilad Shalit was 19 at the time of his capture.
Dual citizen of France and Israel.
July 2005 - Begins his military service with IDF's tank corps.
June 25, 2006 -
Shalit is captured by Palestinian militants. The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues a detailed statement about the abduction.
June 28, 2006 -
Israel launches a military incursion into southern Gaza to rescue Shalit.
June 2007 -
An audiotape is released, in which Shalit says his health is deteriorating and he's in need of long term hospitalization.
June 2008 -
Shalit's parents receive a letter from their son.
October 2009 -
The Israeli government receives a video of Shalit, proving that he's still alive. In return, the government releases 20 Palestinian female prisoners.
June 2010 -
Shalit's parents lead a 12-day march from their home in northern Israel to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
's office in Jerusalem. There, they set up a protest tent to draw attention to their son's plight. The tent remains outside the prime minister's office for more than a year.
October 18, 2011 -
Shalit returns home while 477 Palestinian inmates are freed in phase one of the prisoner swap.
December 18, 2011 - Phase two of the prisoner swap takes place and 550 Palestinian prisoners are released.
Israel releases a total of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Shalit.
April 2012 - Shalit is discharged from the IDF with the rank of sergeant major.
June 2012 - Becomes a sports columnist for an Israeli newspaper.