Draft Date: Depends on the unit
Necessary Profile: Depends on the unit
Training: Varies depending on the job, but always includes some form of basic training, which includes shooting and first aid.
There are thousands of jobs in non-combat units. The list below is incomplete and is just meant to give a general idea of what types of jobs are out there. If you are interested in more information about specific jobs, click on the links included in each section.
The Agaf Hamodiin is in charge of gathering information and intelligence, guiding the actions of the army. There are many jobs with the Agaf Hamodiin, but it is very difficult to get into intelligence jobs. Being admitted into the Agaf Hamodiin often requires personal connection within the unit. Machal soldiers do not have the security clearance to be eligible for jobs in the Agaf Hamodiin.
CHATIVAT DOVER TZAHAL
Chativat Dover Tzahal, the Army Spokesmen Unit, is the mouthpiece of the Israeli army to Israeli citizens and to the rest of the world. Soldiers in this unit coordinate with foreign media and provide the fastest, most accurate information to the world about events within Israel. Chativat Dover Tzahal works through both conventional and social media. You need to pass two separate interviews to be accepted to Dover Tzahal.
The Chel Hachimush, the Ammunition Corps, is in charge of the development and maintenance of weaponry used by ground forces. Jobs include electrical engineering, auto engineering, weapons instruction, and weapon maintenance.
For more information about Chel Hachimush, click here.
Chel Hachinuch, the Education Corps, differentiates the Israeli army from other armies around the world because it focuses on teaching values, national heritage and religious heritage. There are many different jobs within the Chel Hachinuch including Mashak Chinuch, who plans and implements educational programs within specific combat units, Mashak Hora’ah V’Pikkud, who is in charge of special populations that need to finish their education before entering mainstream army service, and Madan Basis, who runs the Gadna training program for high school students and the army choir performers.
For more information about the Chel Hachinuch, click here.
CHEL HAKESHER V'HATIKSHUV
The Chel Hakesher V’Hatikshuv, the Communication Corps, deals with all communications technology in the army. Jobs include, radio technician, computer programmer, cyber warrior and more.
For more information about Chel Hakesher V’Hatikshuv, click here.
Chel Harefuah, the Medical Corps, is in charge of the health of the soldiers. Jobs in Chel Harefuah include everything from emergency medicine doctors to dentists in army clinics. A common job for olim is a Chovesh (medic). There are two main tracks for chovshim – the Maslul Orpi, which includes training to be a medic at clinics on various army bases, and the Maslul Ha’Kidmi, which includes training to be a medic who goes out into the field with specific units during missions.
For more information about Chel Harfuah, click here.
Chel Hashilishut, the Adjutant Corps, deals with human resources and the general well-being of soldiers. Jobs include Mashak Shilishut, who deals with human resources and manpower within specific units, Pkid Tashlumim, who is in charge of the finances of the base and acts as the middleman (or woman!) between the soldiers and the army finance offices, Me’avchen Mechkar, who does behavioral research about soldiers, Rakezet Tash, who deals with soldiers’ personal issues on specific bases, Mashak Nifgai’im, who deals with wounded soldiers, and many more.
For more information about Chel Hashilishut, click here.
Chel Logistica, the Logistics Corps, is in charge of the behind-the-scenes logistical planning of the army through peacetime and war. There are many jobs within Chel Logistica, each with their own acceptance requirements. Jobs in Chel Logistica include Mashak Logistica, who coordinates the logistics within specific units, truck driver, chef, Madrich Sarel, volunteer coordinator, budget and financing, and fireman. Kishrei Chutz, which coordinates with other armies around the world to plan joint training and courses, is a popular job amongst olim.
For more information about Chel Logistica, click here.
COGAT (Coordinator of Government Affairs in the Territories) is the body that implements Israeli government policy in Yehuda, Shomron and Gaza. They facilitate humanitarian programs, deal with zoning and infrastructure and act as the liaison with the Palestinian Authority.
For more information about COGAT, click here.
The Rabbanut Hatzvait is responsible for the religious aspects of the army, including Kashrut, Shabbat, and proper burial. The most common job amongst olim in the Rabbanut Hatzvait is Mashak Yahadut (formerly known as Mashak Dat), who is responsible for religious life and acts as the halachik authority for certain bases.
For more information about the Rabbanut Hatzvait, click here.