IDF home front drill 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Every air force pilot knows what it is like to simulate a dogfight with the “Red
Team,” pilots from the same air force who specialize in simulating the enemy in
Soon, following a decision by OC Ground Forces
Command Maj.-Gen. Sami Turgeman, IDF infantry units will also begin to train
against an enemy – a special IDF unit – which will be trying to win just as hard
as they are. The unit will study enemy tactics and work to create a training
scenario as real as possible, officers said.
Behind the decision to
create such a unit is a general feeling among IDF commanders that battalion
level exercises are too easy and do not sufficiently challenge officers and
“The idea is to increase the level of difficulty which will
ultimately improve the way commanders and their battalions operate in a future
real operation,” one officer said.
Earlier this year, the Ground Forces
Command drafted a proposal to make infantry exercises more “chaotic,” with more
casualties, intelligence failures, difficulty in maneuvering and a more advanced
adversary to challenge commanders.
One problem brigade commanders
discovered was that a significant percentage of combat soldiers drop out of
exercises in the middle.
Currently, small groups of soldiers are randomly
selected to impersonate the enemy during IDF drills and in some cases, private
companies are hired to serve in the role, activating fireworks, smoke grenades
and creating fake explosions.