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Basic Training in the IDF

Basic training courses vary significantly depending on your job placement and the location of your course. There are different levels of basic training for Kravi (combat) soldiers, who are on training level 05 or 07, and non-combat (soldiers who are not in Kravi units), who are on training level 02. Within each of these groups, the approach to basic training tends to be different on each base.

Despite the differences, certain elements are constant to basic training. Every course includes gun training, physical training and requires soldiers to help guard the base. You will be trained in matters of discipline and expected to complete tasks within defined time periods. Some of  these tasks include how much sleep you get, your breaks, the time you spend eating, and even your speed at getting into line. There will be a sense of distance between you and your commanders, which means that you will need to learn how to approach them appropriately and ask permission for a range of requests.

Before you start basic training, it is important to speak to friends and hear their experiences, so that you will have a broader idea of what to expect during your course.

Keep in mind that ultimately, which basic training course you do depends on the job you are given in the army, and this relates directly to your Hebrew level and physical profile. Many positions in the IDF will require you to take a course. Depending on your placement, the length of your course can be anywhere from one to seven months long or longer. 

The army organizes basic training groups using a numbered scale. You will receive a number known as your Rovaeii, רובאי (level of training). The numbers classify you as follows:

  • 02 training is for non-combat soldiers and could involve a 1 month course or longer
  • 05 and 07 training is for Kravi units and involves 7 months of basic and advanced training
  • 08 training is for individuals who finish the commanders course for Kravi
  • 12 training is the officers course for Kravi
  • 13 training is for the pilots course

If you have additional questions about basic training, please email army@nbn.org.il.