Golani Brigade top choice for new recruits
Army figures released ahead of November draft show Golani infantry brigade remains popular choice for youths soon to join IDF.
A GOLANI infantryman during an exercise Photo: Abir Sultan/IDF Spokesman
The Golani infantry brigade remains the popular choice for youths who will soon
join the IDF, according to army figures released Sunday, ahead of the November
“The motivation for combat service among teenagers is stable at
73.3 percent, as is the motivation to serve in infantry units – half of
teenagers want to get there,” said the head of the Conscription Reinforcement
Branch, Col. Yosi Malka.
Golani remained the most popular infantry
brigade, while Givati came in second place, according to the IDF’s
Malka added that there was a rise in the number of young men
seeking to serve in the Kfir infantry brigade as well.
The vast majority
of preconscripted youth receive a letter from the IDF informing them of where
they will be serving.
More youths are also signaling their wish to join
the IDF’s Air Defense Command, Malka added.
The Border Police, which is
partly staffed by IDF conscripts, also saw a rise in applications.
noticeable trends include an increase in applications to serve in cyber defense
and other hi-tech units.
Malka said that trend came from the rise of
technology’s role in society, and the increase in hi-tech units within the
“The issue of secure information is gaining traction, and is
challenging the youths,” he said.
Religious soldiers are most
concentrated in the Kfir Brigade and the Armored Corps, according to the
Soldiers from an Ethiopian background are found in greatest
numbers in the Givait Brigade, as it allows them “to integrate and become
commanders later on, while providing [good] service conditions that meet their
requirements,” Malka said.
Female conscripts continue to opt in large
numbers for [electronic] observation post roles, Malka noted.
the IDF was beefing up the number of battalions under the Home Front Command
that are tasked with heading up search and rescue missions during
During normal times, the battalions carry out routine duties
in the West Bank.