Paratroopers

The IDF’s Paratroopers Brigade was founded in the mid-1950’s with the aim of creating an elite infantry force, innovating and improving fighting skills within other units, and raising the next generation of military commanders and officers. The historic brigade has been the source for many of Israel’s leaders, including Chiefs of Staff Moshe Dayan, Shaul Mofaz, Moshe Ya’alon, and Benny Gantz.

Along with its gallant efforts in missions and operations today, the brigade is known for its courageous fight in the Six Day War (1967), when it played a major role in the recapture of the Western Wall and the Temple Mount, changing the course of Israeli history.

Today, the Paratroopers Brigade serves as an elite infantry force, operating with high mobility in all types of warfare. Acceptance into the Paratroopers Brigade is extremely competitive, and all recruits must undergo an exhaustive series of tests of mental and physical stamina and ability. Basic training for paratroopers lasts four months, followed by four months of advanced training.

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