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Useful Military (IDF) Terms

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מג"ד

Magad

Regiment commander

סמג"ד

Samgad

Deputy battalion commander

מ"פ

Mem-pe

Company commander

סמ"פ

Samech mem-pe

Company commander's assistant

מ"מ/מפק"צ

Mem-mem/mafkatz

Platoon commander

סמ"מ

Samech mem-mem

Platoon commander's assistant

רס"ר

Rassar

Master sergeant

רס"פ

Rasap

Company sergeant major

סמל

Samal

Sergeant (in charge of discipline)

מ"כ

Mac/mefaked

Squad commander

חופ"ל

Chopel

Company's medic

מ"שקית ת"ש

Mashakit tash

In charge of personal affairs

מ"שקית חינוך

Mashakit chinuch

In charge of education on base

שלישה

Shalisha

Adjutant

חמשוש

chamshush

Leave base on Thursday

שו"ש

Shush

Leave base on Friday

מקוצרת

mekutzeret

Get back to base early (e.g. Motzei Shabbat)

רגילה

Regila

One week off from the army (every 4 months)

מיוחדת

meyuchedet

Time off from the army in special cases

אחת עשרה-שלוש

Achat esre- shalosh (11/3)

In base for 11 days- home for 3 days

טירונות

tironut

Basic training

אימון מתקדם

Imun mitkadem

Advanced training

מסלול

maslul

The whole time a soldier is considered "in training" (about a year)

ותיקה

vatika

No longer in training- seniority

צ'ונג/צעיר

Chong/tzair

"young" = "green"

חמישים וחמש

Chamishim ve chamesh (55)

Number of a form you fill out in order to transfer into a different unit

ג'ובניק

jobnik

Someone who has an easy, non combatant job

שעה ביציאה

Sha'ah ba yetzia

One hour delay before the soldier can leave the base (a punishment!)

ריתוק

rituk

confinement

סוגר

soger

Staying in base, not going back home

נוהל שבת

Nohal shabat

No training or working from a few hours before Shabbat until after Shabbat

קצין העיר

Ktzin ha'ir

City's military headquarter

גימלים

Gimelim

Sick leave from the army

בתים

Betim

Sick leave- but has to stay in base

מלש"ב

malshab

Someone who is in the process of being drafted

קצין

katzin

An officer

ש"ג

Shin gimel

A guard in the entrance to a camp

פקודות מטכ"ל

Pkudot matkal

Orders from the general staff, regarding the soldier's welfare

מסע כומתה

Masa kumta

A long, hard final hike/march which at the end the soldier receives their corps beret

השבעה

Hashba'ah

Swearing into the army ceremony

לוף

Loof

Canned meat