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Israel just made these huge changes to its most elite special ops units | We Are The Mighty
Photo: Israeli Defense Forces

Israel just made these huge changes to its most elite special ops units | We Are The Mighty

The Israeli Defense Force has been known as one of the world’s best militaries. This is particularly true of its commando units.

In a new move the government hopes will professionalize the force, those elite special operations units will likely become even more effective.

According to a report by IsraelNationalNews.com, usually Israeli conscripts serve three years – pilots have a nine-year service term – and most commandos are extended one year. That will now change, with troops going into commando units now being obligated to serve eight years.

A Sayeret Matkal commando. (Wikimedia Commons)

The units affected by this move are the Sayeret Matkal, Shayetet 13 naval commandos, Shaldag heli-borne commandos, and 669 search-and-rescue unit. The extended term of service, though, will also come with a pay increase of 17.6 percent and an Israeli version of the GI Bill.

Source: Israel just made these huge changes to its most elite special ops units | We Are The Mighty