IDF soldier sits atop a tank just outside northern Gaza 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen)
The army is set to change its definition of “fighter,” and limit the category to
those who risk their lives and directly engage the enemy on a
The term “combat soldier” will be limited to infantry
soldiers, members of the Armored Corps, navy sailors, and air force pilots. The
new category will ensure that those in it receive the largest payments.
second category – “combat support soldier” – will include soldiers who enter
battlefields to carry out critical supporting roles, such as members of the
Logistics Corps, but who do not directly fight the enemy.
definitions come amid fast-paced changes to the modern battlefield, in which
certain functions, such as soldiers who operate anti-rocket batteries, have been
classed as fighters even though they do not fire on enemy forces. Others in the
gray area include those who take part in cyber warfare, and drone
Such soldiers will be placed in a third category, under the
heading of “combat weapons operator.”
Chief of Staff
Lt.-Gen.Benny Gantz and Maj.-Gen. Yoav Har-Even, head of the
Operations Branch, have approved the recommendations, made by a committee set up
to examine the army’s categorization of soldiers.