Israel Defense Forces Ranks

Israel Defense Forces Ranks

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has a unique rank structure. Because the IDF is an integrated force, ranks are the same in all services (there is no differentiation between army, navy, air force, etc.) The ranks are derived from those of the paramilitary Haganah developed in the Mandate period to protect the Yishuv. This origin is reflected in the slightly compacted rank structure; for instance, the Chief of Staff (Ramatkal) is seemingly only equivalent to a Lieutenant General in other militaries.

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Israel Defense Forces Ranks - History
... created in 1948, there were 7 enlisted and NCO ranks, and 8 officer ranks ... The ranks were as follows Enlisted Insignia Officer Insignia Rav Samal (Ras) ("Chief Sergeant", Master Sergeant) Rav Samal Rishon (Rasar) ("Chief Sergeant ... This was due to the average Israeli servicemen's experience in the Commonwealth forces during World War Two ...

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