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"Racoon" Recon and observation vehicle of IDF's Combat Intelligence Collection Corps
The IsraeliCombat Intelligence Collection Corps is the newest of the IDFGOC Army Headquarters' five corps, created in April 2000 and tasked with collecting combat intelligence. It is responsible for intelligence units from the battalion level and up to the entire force. Accordingly, it is professionally subordinate to the Military Intelligence Directorate. Due to the need for collecting combat intelligence and in maintaining observation networks, it is in the midst of expansion.
Two weeks after drafting the training commanders decide where each soldier will serve (either Special Forces or Mounted Forces) based upon the psychological, physical, and motivational state of the soldier.
Foot Infantry & Special Forces
Basic Training 4 months (Rifleman 05) – Combat Intelligence School
Advanced Training 4 months (Collecting Fighter 07) – Combat Intelligence School
Unit Training (here each unit has its own training that takes around 2 months) – Northern, Southern and Central command
Basic Training 3 months (Rifleman 03) – Combat Intelligence School
Advanced Training 3 months (Collecting Fighter 07) – Combat Intelligence School
Unit Training (here each unit has its own training that takes around one month) – Northern, Southern and Central command
In 1993, the Yahmam (abbreviation for Target Field Intelligence) unit, also known as the Nitzan Commando, was created. The unit was designated to provide intelligence in real time and sighting enemy targets. It was appended to the Artillery Corps and its soldiers wore black berets, even though they were under the direct command of the General Staff. During the 1982–2000 South Lebanon Conflict, it operated as an elite outfit tasked with collecting combat intelligence. After the February 4, 1997 Israeli helicopter disaster, in which the unit lost two men out of a total of 73 killed, the Supreme Court of Israel instructed to reveal their names, and consequently, the unit's existence was revealed to the public.
The unit was created as a corps in April 2000, under Amnon Sufrin. In late 2008, the GOC Army Headquarters decided to rename it to the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps, to emphasize its combat nature. The name was changed in November 2009.