A Search and Rescue Fighter serves as a soldier in the IDF as well as a searcher and rescuer at sites of destruction and unconventional warfare.
The length of the training is eight months and is divided into two parts:
1. Basic training.
2. Advanced exercises and training.
During the training period, the fighter will learn different subjects: familiarization with the surrounding area, weaponry, learning and specialization in subjects of search and rescue from destroyed buildings and qualification as an unconventional warfare fighter. At the conclusion of the training, the fighter will be qualified as a rifleman grade 03 and a rescuer grade 07.
The 2 ½ month basic training course is conducted at The Home Front Command training base.
During basic training, the fighter will spend weeks learning weaponry and shooting, weeks in the field learning camouflage, fighting in open areas, behavior during war and more. In addition, the soldier will focus on developing his physical fitness and will learn the principles of non-combat employment including patrols, reconnaissance and scouting, detaining suspects, and various on-going security activities.
At the conclusion of basic training, will be qualified as a rifleman grade 03.
In Advanced Training, the fighter will learn two subjects: (during 4 months)
1. Search and Rescue.
2. Unconventional warfare.
Search and Rescue: The soldier will learn the principles of search and rescue, at the conclusion being qualified to know how to locate and rescue trapped individuals in the rubble of destroyed buildings. During the training, the soldier will learn how to operate the various tools and rescue equipment used so he will be able to react and function during the event, cooperating with the different survival units (“spearhead” units, ambulance, police, reservists, firefighters).
Unconventional warfare: The soldier will learn to identify unconventional warfare materials and chemicals based on advanced devices and basic knowledge, will learn to treat people injured by these materials or chemicals and how to treat and cleanse the contaminated area.
The soldier will learn these subjects in classrooms and in exercises with full protective equipment in the field and will try out the chemical tent, cleansing a contaminated area, identification of chemicals and more.
At the conclusion of the Advanced Training, the soldiers will take part in a two-week course summary including physical tests of endurance in a war-like simulation and an Israeli-educational journey, for 4 days, covering 55 kilometers, at the end of which they will receive the orange beret.
Upon completion of basic training and advanced training, the soldier will advance to the company _____ where he will engage in non-combat employment.
When the soldier completes his training he might find himself as a fighter joining a veteran company, engaging in non-combat employment in one of the current security areas around the country or going to a NCO training course for 3 months, at the end of which he will qualify as a squad officer.
At all times the Search and Rescue soldiers will be on the alert to offer an answer to a Search and Rescue operation in Israel or overseas.
* The position is open to men and women.
1. Going to Command and Training Course.
2. Officers’ training course.
Recruitment screening process: Admission requirements are Profile from 72 and above. Women are required to undergo additional screening – women fighters’ bonding or consolidation
*Women are required to commit to serve an obligatory army service of 36 months as well as reserve military duty.
Further information can be obtained at Tel: 08-6794220