Maglan commando soldiers and Paratroopers excel in operational readiness

Running, crawling, and overcoming obstacles, IDF (Zahal) combat soldiers of all infantry units participate in a combat fitness test, assessing their readiness for battle

Date: 12/07/2012, 10:28 AM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson

A ceremony will be held today, Thursday (July 12), honoring the Paratroopers Brigade whose officers excelled at the operational readiness tests, displaying exceptional combat fitness and skills. Maj. Gen. Smai Turgeman, GOC Ground Forces will attend the ceremony as well as Col. Oren Gil, Head of the Combat Fitness Department.

The combat fitness test assesses skills such as running, crawling, overcoming obstacles and swimming in the sea, while carrying full combat gear. Unlike previous years, officers of all combat units will be required to complete the test.

In the most recent operational readiness test, the Paratroopers Brigade excelled about all other infantry units. In second place were combat soldiers of the infantry commanders’ school, and in third place were officer cadets of the IDF (Zahal) officers’ academy, Bahad 1.

In the Special Forces division, the Maglan commando unit received first place, the 669 elite airborne rescue unit in second place, and the combat engineering unit for special operations, Yahalom, in third.

“This is one of the most significant tests in the IDF (Zahal). It assesses different aspects of the soldiers’ combat fitness capabilities and the soldiers must invest in physical fitness in order to accomplish it,” said Col. Gil and added that he is certain the IDF (Zahal) will maintain its physical readiness in future tests.