"IDF reservists understand they might carry out the next operation"

Just a few months before completing his term, IDF (Zahal) Chief Reserve Officer discusses improvements implemented in the Reserve Formation over the years

Date: 15/07/2012, 3:17 PM     Author: Yael Livnat

The IDF (Zahal) Chief Reserve Officer, Brig. Gen. Shuki Ben Anat, who will complete his service in the coming months, told IDF (Zahal) Website of vast improvements implemented in the reserve formation in response to changing regional threats. He also discussed how the IDF (Zahal) prepares for future conflicts.

Reservists put their civilian lives on hold, leaving behind families and careers, and report for duty. The IDF (Zahal) greatly appreciates their sacrifice and essential contribution, and takes measures to accommodate their needs. According to Brig. Gen. Ben Anat IDF (Zahal) reservists understand that they might be the ones to carry out the next large-scale operation or war, and stresses the readiness of the formation.

Among the recently implemented changes many pertain to military operation processes as well as drafting of civilians. Brig. Gen. Ben Anat explained that the IDF (Zahal) has always been able to thoroughly assess its operation, draw conclusions, and implement the necessary changes. These affect training framework and content, operational activity, and logistics. “It’s important to note that the soldiers themselves are the most important, the people wearing the vests and carrying the guns,” said Brig. Gen. Ben Anat.

In order to better organize the calling up of reservists several laws were enacted. These clearly defined how and for what purpose to draft reservists, maintaining that the reserve formation is a unique and crucial part of society that must be handled differently.

“Everyone would come and carry out the mission, which would be performed simply and efficiently,” said Brig. Gen. Ben Anat. “All reserve soldiers are confident in their abilities. What will determine the future is the soldiers’ attitudes – and people know what to do, and they will follow through. The percent of soldiers arriving for duty is high because when people are called to serve, they drop everything and come – thinking only about the task at hand – and do whatever is required.”