Israeli reserve soldiers 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Thirty-eight years after the Yom Kippur War broke out, the IDF held a surprise
drill on Thursday for two reservist divisions in an effort to prepare the
Reserve Corps for possible emergency call-up orders.
The drill was
overseen by IDF Chief of General-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, and included units
from the Northern Command and the Central Command.
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“We live in an
unstable reality, and the potential that something will happen is a given,”
Gantz told the reservists. “We need to ensure that we are prepared as best as we
The IDF Ground Forces Command’s Col.
Shlomi Feuer called
the drill “rare,” explaining that units usually received a warning of several
months before holding such an exercise.
“The drill is intended to prepare
the IDF in the face of the growing instability in the region,” Foyer said. “This
is a rare occurrence and it was not just a coincidence that it happened today,
on the eve of Yom Kippur and the anniversary of the war.”
drill, he continued, “The General Staff passed on emergency call-up orders to
the Northern Command and Central Command, which in return issued orders to the
divisions, brigades and then on to the relevant battalions.”
“The goal is
to cut down the amount of time it takes for a reservist to be drafted – to reach
the emergency warehouses to receive their equipment and to be prepared for
combat,” Feuer said.