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Bahad (Hebrew: בה"ד‎, short for Bsis Hadrakha (Hebrew: בסיס הדרכה‎), lit. Training base) is a military training base in the Israel Defense Forces. Each Bahad deals with a certain field, such as law enforcement or logistics. Generally, each Bahad belongs to a certain corps and conducts all courses required by the corps in question. Some training bases also train the new recruits of the corps.

The Israel Defense Forces also has several Bahads which don't belong to any particular corps and exist for the sole purpose of training new recruits. They are called recruit training bases, or Batars (Hebrew: בט"ר‎, short for Bsis Tironut (Hebrew: בסיס טירונות‎)).

Most Bahads are located in Camp Yadin (Tzrifin), although several are not. Notably, Bahad 1, the well-known school for officers, is located in the south of the country. Camp Ariel Sharon is currently being constructed to contain several training bases, because Tzrifin has a high land value and is gradually being sold to civilian contractors.

Training bases (Bahad)[edit]

  • Bahad 1 - the school for officers. Located in Camp Laskov, near Mitzpe Ramon. Does not belong to a single corps, and all soldiers train there before becoming officers (except for air force and navy shipboard officers), as well as certain officers.
  • Bahad 2 - the school for battalion and brigade commanders.
  • Bahad 3 - the school for Infantry (now part of a brigade that consists of 3 bases).
  • Bahad 4 - a.k.a. Batar Zikim, located near kibbutz Zikim (recruit training).
  • Bahad 5 - the school for Armored Corps.
  • Bahad 6 - the school for Logistics Corps.
  • Bahad 7 - the school for C4I Corps (telecommunications and computers).
  • Bahad 8 - Wingate Institute, fitness and hand-to-hand combat.
  • Bahad 9 - the school for Artillery Corps.
  • Bahad 10 - the school for Medical Corps. Also houses the School for Communication and Coordination, of COGAT.
  • Bahad 11 - Adjutant Corps and General Corps.
  • Bahad 12 - used to be a school for non-combat officers (particularly female officers), located in Tzrifin. Now serves as MAGAL div. Headquarters.
  • Bahad 13 - the school for Military Police Corps.
  • Bahad 14 - the school for Combat Engineering Corps.
  • Bahad 15 - the school for Intelligence Corps.
  • Bahad 16 - the school for search and rescue, Home Front Command, located in Tzrifin.
  • Bahad 20 - the school for the Ordnance Corps.
  • Bahad 600 - the school for the Israeli Navy.

Recruit training bases (Batar)[edit]