Course graduates during the ceremony. Photo: IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson’s Unit
Last week’s graduation ceremony marked participants’ successful completion of an intensive course preparing them to serve as combat communications officers
Date: 13/01/2013, 12:20 PM Author: Dana Petrov
Dozens of officers graduated from an intensive training course in combat telecommunications in a ceremony held on Wednesday (January 9), attended by Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz. The 18-week course was designed to prepare battalion communications officers, who are responsible for combat units’ telecommunication on the battlefield.
Each of the graduates had completed officers’ training prior to the course.”The graduates of this course completed a track of one year and eight months, which is intended to train them to be communication officers in the combat battalions,” said the commander of the course’s combat component, Maj. Kobi Benshabo, adding that the course equips soldiers with knowledge of “technologies that are related to telecommunication on the modern battlefield. It consists of three main fields of study: the field of radio, the field of command and control systems and administrative computing, and the tactical realm including the study of combat doctrine.”
The course culminated in a recent four-week drill including a combat simulation integrating all of the ground corps. “The cadets operated all of the technological systems that would be used in this sort of scenario,” explained Maj. Benshabo. “The exercise is very difficult physically because it entails four weeks in the field, and we saw from week to week how the cadets became stronger and more competent. Some of the job requirements are to show strength, professionalism and personal resiliency, and the cadets demonstrated these attributes. It was an excellent exercise.”
Graduates of the course are now qualified to serve as communications officers in combat units – a job requiring them to display proficiency in a variety of means of communication, tactical computing and encryption. “The course was difficult and challenging, but now they are ready for the job,” said Maj. Benshabo, adding that the cadets had “developed over the course of this process. In the past month I have already felt that I am speaking and working with real officers.”