GOC Army Headquarters

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General Officer Commanding Army Headquarters
Israeli Army (Land Arm) Flag.svg
Mazi flag
Active 1998
Country Israel
Allegiance Israel Defense Forces
Nickname Mazi

The Israeli GOC Army headquarters (Hebrew: זְרוֹעַ הַיַבָּשָׁה, Zro'a HaYabasha, "Ground Arm"), known unofficially as Mazi, is a multi-corps command headquarters created in 1998, which amalgamates the ground forces of the Israel Defense Forces. The current size of the Israeli Ground Forces is estimated at a rough 133,000 active soldiers and 380,000 soldiers in reserve.

Name[edit]

The GOC Army Headquarters is known unofficially as Mazi, the Hebrew pronunciation for an acronym for "Ground Arm Command" (מָזִ"י, מִפְקֶדֶת זְרוֹעַ הַיַבָּשָׁה, Mifkedet Zro'a HaYabasha), which was the GOC Army Headquarters' previous name before being renamed to the current "Ground Arm" (זְרוֹעַ הַיַבָּשָׁה). After this renaming, the acronym Mazi officially refers to Commander of the Ground Arm (מְפַקֵּד זְרוֹעַ הַיַבָּשָׁה, Mefaked Zro'a HaYabasha). However, the old acronym Mazi still remains the popular name for the GOC Army Headquarters.

Units and structure[edit]

Structure GOC

Mazi includes the five ground-warfare corps of specific military functions:

In addition, Mazi includes four "staff divisions":

  • Planning Division (Budget and Organization Planning) (חֲטִיבָת הַתִּכְנוּן)
  • "Ground" Division (Training and Doctrine) (חֲטִיבָת יַבָּשָׁה)
  • Personnel Division (חֲטִיבָת כּוֹחַ-אָדָם)
  • Technological Division (Materiel R&D and Acquisition) (חֲטִיבָת הַטֶכְנוֹלוֹגְיָה)

The IDF's third arm[edit]

Under the IDF 2000 reforms, Mazi was set to become the IDF's third Arm, alongside the Air and Space Arm and the Sea Arm. Until the creation of Mazi, IDF ground forces were directly subordinate to the Chief of Staff through the Regional Commands (North, South and Central). The meaning of the reform was to subordinate the ground forces to one ground commander, who is a part of the Joint Staff, by the example of the Israeli Air Force and Navy; and unlike the United States Armed Forces, where operational Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps units and other support units are subordinated to Unified Combatant Commands.

The proposed reform for the Ground Arm was rejected, and the ground forces remain subordinate to the 3 regional commands. Likewise with combat support and rear-line corps, which in part remain subordinate to respective Directorates. In times of battle, the Ground Arm Commander acts as an advisor to the IDF Chief of Staff on ground warfare.

As an IDF arm, the Ground Arm is meant to build of the ground forces' strength and working toward balance, combination, and coordination between the ground corps. It does so by instruction and training of individuals and units, writing and publishing the relevant doctrine, organizing the forces with respect for their missions and R&D and acquisition of materiel. Its authority ranges up to the corps level. Above it, meaning the regional commands themselves, the authority is of the Joint Staff.

Hierarchy[edit]

NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student Officer
 Israel
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No Equivalent No Equivalent Rav aluf Aluf Tat aluf Aluf mishne Sgan aluf Rav seren Seren Segen Segen mishne No Equivalent No Equivalent
Rav aluf
"Chief General"
Aluf
"General"
Tat aluf
"Subordinate General"
Aluf mishne
"Junior General"
Sgan aluf
"Deputy General"
Rav seren
"Chief Commander"
Seren
"Captain"
Segen
"Deputy"
Segen mishne
"Junior Deputy"


 USA
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General of the Army General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Candidate Officer Cadet

Heads of Mafchash and Mazi[edit]

IDF Ground Forces Equipment[edit]

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