There are many jobs in the army that, although sometimes looked upon as less important because of their lack of contact with the battle field and training, are equally if not more vital to its success. Each job begins with a month-long basic training followed by its respective course to teach about the specific job, lasting about 2 months on average. The list of non-combat jobs is very extensive and long. In every corps in the army, there are hundreds of jobs that are considered non-combat. However, there are some jobs that are more prominent than others and, in some cases, that are many times more suitable for olim chadashim (new immigrants), partly because of their ability to speak another language fluently and their experience with networks outside of Israel. These jobs include the following:
- Secruity Guard
- Kishrei Chutz (Foreign Relations)
- Dover Tzahal (Army Spokesperson)
- Shalishut (Administration)
- Budgeting and Finance
- Engineering positions in various units
- Computer Programing
- Truck Driver
- Atuda positions (using a degree in various units throughout the army)
- Modi’in (need to be invited and pass security clearances. Usually need to live in Israel minimum two years)
- Lishkat Giyus (Regional Recruitment Center)
- Tank Mechanic
- Education Corps
*The IDF Coordinator for New Immigrants helps with placement of new immigrants for non-combat positions, and is in connection with various units throughout the army.
Kishrei Chutz, the Military Strategic Information Section (MSIS):
— The Military Strategic Information Section works to strengthen ties between the Israeli army and over 50 other armies from around the world through working with their foreign military attaches. Military attaches, like ambassadors, serve in Israel for a 2-3 year term, as representatives for their countries, receiving information prepared by the soldiers in the department, in order to publicize both military and social activity in Israel. Projects can include anything from a focus on Jewish and national holidays celebrated in Israel, to bringing awareness about issues that Israelis must face every day. All in all, the department helps to give a positive portrayal of Israel to its military correspondents.
*** If you are currently or have served in a non-combat position and would like to provide a personal account of your position, please feel free to email us at [email protected].