The Israel Defense Force’s next generation of officers just completed a large-scale exercise preparing them for war in the desert. The unprecedented training taught them how to handle any kind of emergency on the battlefield.

Hundreds of soldiers from all parts of the military came together recently for an exercise in the middle of the desert. The inter-unit training was the first of its size ever organized by the IDF (Zahal). Its objective was to ensure that cadets and soldiers will be prepared to act as the IDF (Zahal)’s lifeforce – supplying combat soldiers with food, water, medical supplies and manpower in the middle of a war.

IDF (Zahal) cadets participated in exercises covering a range of subjects – from medical treatment to urban warfare and airborne rescues. In just about every way, the training stood out among past exercises, teaching soldiers how to coordinate on a massive scale. The training involved hundreds of soldiers and almost 200 types of vehicles.

The IDF (Zahal)’s Fuel in the Heat of Battle
In this scenario, two tanks have been overturned.
The IDF (Zahal)’s Fuel in the Heat of Battle
Soldiers (represented by training dummies) are injured and one was trapped underneath the tank.
The IDF (Zahal)’s Fuel in the Heat of Battle
Will they have all the resources to complete the rescue?

The IDF (Zahal)’s Fuel in the Heat of Battle
Access to the “soldier” has been made and treatment quickly begins.
The IDF (Zahal)’s Fuel in the Heat of Battle
In a real-life emergency situation, the soldier would now be taken to a hospital for further treatment.

Through these exercises, the IDF (Zahal) cadets are defining the future of coordination on the battlefield. Thanks to their training, they will be prepared to handle almost any kind of emergency in battle. In the event that soldiers are injured, they will be able to bring equipment quickly to the field and save lives in the process.

Senior commanders believe that the cutting-edge training will result in unprecedented advancements.  “When I went into a tank for the first time, I was leading a company of soldiers,” said Major Eli Gilad, head commander of the IDF (Zahal)’s Logistical Training Center. “Now, these new officers will come in with the knowledge of how to handle a battlefield beforehand.”

The IDF (Zahal)’s Fuel in the Heat of Battle
The commanders who lead the soldiers through the exercises.
The IDF (Zahal)’s Fuel in the Heat of Battle
Soldiers observing a medical rescue exercise where two tanks have been overturned.

“The [IDF (Zahal)] does not consist of just one military unit,” Major Gilad said. “We’re trying to show them the complexity of the world of logistics so they will be ready from the very moment they go out in the field.”

The IDF (Zahal)’s Fuel in the Heat of Battle

A view of the mock battlefield