The Special Operations Combat Engineering Unit completed a grueling trial period
for its future members in recent days in southern Israel. The unit, with its
many specialized battle capabilities including underground warfare, would play a
key role in any IDF ground offensive in Lebanon or Gaza.
Yeffet, commander of the Engineering Corps Training Base, told The Jerusalem
Post on Tuesday about the exercises those who wish be a part of the unit must
undertake successfully to be selected.
“The aim is to locate the most
suitable soldiers. There’s a tough physical fitness test, an exam of
mental capabilities, drills to look at team work and a test to see how the
soldiers carry out complex technical tasks,” Yeffet said.
Of all the
soldiers from the Combat Engineering Corps who begin the trial period, only a
quarter complete it successfully, and go on to serve in the prestigious
Yeffet said the unit’s companies specialize in several key areas.
Not all of them can be revealed.
Areas of specialty include dealing with
explosives in complex battle arenas, and storming buildings from multiple entry
points where hostages are being held by terrorists.
A third company
specializes in providing solutions to military forces seeking to cross rivers,
and a fourth is trained for underground combat.
“This is our most
recently added specialty field, and has been most used in Gaza,” Yeffet
“Soldiers must locate and destroy enemy bunkers and tunnels,” he
Those who don’t make the unit are naturally disappointed, but will
continue to serve in other important roles in the Combat Engineering Corps,
“They can find rewarding roles in command levels as
officers,” he said.
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