Soldier Uniforms

When you see a soldier walking about in the street there are a few ways to identify what unit they are in, how long they are in the army and even what their position in their unit is. This section will explain a few of the main markers on a soldier’s uniform.
Identifying elements on a soldier’s uniform are; uniform color, beret color, beret pin, aiguillette color, shoulder tag and courses/wars/operation pins.

Uniform Colors

There are two types of uniforms (madim) in the army,  madei alef and madei bet. In all units madei bet are olive green, however madei alef differ for each force.

Ground Force

Ground Force

Medei alef for soldiers that are positioned in the ground force are colored olive green.

Air Force

Air Force

Madei alef for soldiers that are positioned in the air force are beige colored with navy belts.

Navy Force

Navy Force

Madei alef for soldiers that are positioned in the navy force are beige with black belts and for ceremonies, they wear white madim.

Border Police

Border Police

The Madim for Border Police are gray and for ceremonies, they wear light green madim.

High Ranking Officers

High Ranking Officers

Once a soldier achieves the rank of Seren (Captain) they wear madim that are light blue shirts and navy pants.

Work Uniform

Work Uniform

Madei bet are the work uniforms for soldiers to wear on base. The soldiers you see walking around the streets in these uniforms are usually on reserves duty.

There are numerous kumta colors in the army, each color signifies the brigade/corps a soldier belongs to.

Kumta (Beret) Colors

Click on a kumta to find out more about its unit

Golani Brigade

The brown beret belongs to the Golani Brigade

Home Front Command

The orange beret belongs to the Home Front Command

Air Force

The dark grey beret belongs to the Air Force

Nachal Brigade

The light green beret belongs to Nachal (it is also the old beret of Karakal, Bardelas, and Arayot Ha'Yarden)

Mishtara Tzvait Brigade

The royal blue beret belongs to the Military Police

New mixed Co-ed Brigade

The new yellow camouflage beret belongs to a combination of the Bardelas, Ariot Hayarden and Karkal units. (Some soldiers still wear the older light green berets)

Tzanchanim Brigade

The red beret belongs to the Tzanchanim (Paratroopers) Brigade

Technology Brigade

The turquoise/light blue beret belongs to the Tikshuv (telecommunication/technology) Brigade

Totchanim Brigade

The turquoise/light blue beret belongs to the Totchanim (Artillery) Brigade

Shiryon Corps

The black beret belongs to the Shiryon (Tanks) Brigade

Navy

The navy blue beret belongs to the Navy

Combat Engineering Corps

The light gray/silver beret belongs to the Combat Engineering Corps

Isuf Kravi Corps

The yellow beret belongs to the Isuf Kravi (Field Intelligence) Corps

Intelligence Corps

This dark green beret belongs to the Intelligence Corps

Givati Brigade

The purple beret belongs to the Givati Brigade

Magav

This dark green beret belongs to Magav (Border police force)

Kfir Brigade

The camouflage beret belongs to the Kfir Brigade

General Corps

The olive green beret belongs to the General Corps

Kumta (Beret) Pins

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Home Front Command
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Infantry Corps
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Air Force
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Navy
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Tank (Armored) Corps
Technology Corps
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Maintenance and Tech Corps
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Combat Engineering Corps
Manpower (Human Resources)
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Education Corps
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General Corps
Medical Corps
Artillery Corps
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Intelligence Corps
Technician Corps
Combat Intelligence
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Army Police Force
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Logistics Corps

Sroch (Braided Rope) Colors

Black

Black

Commander of Other Commander/Officer

Green

Green

General Instructor or Commander in Basic Training

Dark Blue

Dark Blue

Commander in Navy Course

Black and Green

Black and Green

Commander in Commanders’ Course

Purple

Purple

Service Rights NCO

Black and Yellow

Black and Yellow

Instructor for Chemical Warfare

Gold

Gold

Obedience NCO

Blue and Purple

Blue and Purple

Reserves Coordinator

Maroon

Maroon

Teamwork Development Instructor

Light Blue

Light Blue

Hummer Operations Instructor

Orange and Light Blue

Orange and Light Blue

Search and Rescue Instructor

Pink

Pink

Multimedia Producer or Commander in an Educational Course

White and Yellow

White and Yellow

Combat Intelligence Instructor

Gray

Gray

Education Instructor

Brown

Brown

Behavior Analyst

Red

Red

IDF Orchestra or Navy Instructor

White and Blue

White and Blue

Chief Sergeant of the Base

Red and Dark Blue

Red and Dark Blue

Army Police Officer

Dargot (Ranks)

סמר
Samar סמ"ר
סמל
Samal סמל
רבט
Rabat רב"ט
רנג
Ranag רנ"ג
רנם
Ranam רנ"מ
רסב
Rasab רס"ב
רסם
Rasam רס"מ
רסר
Rasar רס"ר
רסל
Rasal רס"ל
סאל
Sa'al סא"ל
רסן
Rasan רס"ן
סרן
Seren סרן
סגן
Segen סגן
סגם
Sagam סג"מ
רב אלוף
Ramatkal רמטכ"לRav Aluf רא"ל
אלוף
Aluf אלוף
תת אלוף
Tat Aluf תא"ל
אלם
Alam אל"מ

Shoulder Tag

There are numerous unit tags in the army. To see some examples of popular unit tags, Click on units or women.

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