To aid public security when the need is at hand, and to increase the personal security of IDF officers and warrant officers in the IDF in regular and professional duty the Chief of the IDF General Staff directed today that, starting Sunday 2 December, 2001, all IDF officers and warrant officers will be required to carry a personal weapon. IDF female officers and warrant officers are not required to carry a personal weapon, but they will have to carry a personal weapon if the situation calls for it.