Netzah Yehuda Battalion – Kfir Brigade
In 1999, the first unit of 30 Haredi soldiers was initiated and was labeled the “Nahal Haredi”. This nationalistic project was initiated by the Netzah Yehuda Association in full cooperation with the Ministry of Defense and the IDF. Within a couple of years, the IDF formed the first Haredi fighting battalion, Netzah Yehuda – Battalion 97. Today, the battalion is part of the Kfir Brigade and operates in the Binyamin (Ramallah) and Menashe (Jenin) sectors.
The Kfir Brigade, which is becoming veteran and experienced, is undergoing a revolutionary process of conversion to an infantry brigade. Part of Division 99 known as the “Fire Infantry Division”, which is characterized by multi-arena combat capabilities according to Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi’s perception of the future battlefield. The brigade will be able to fight in any arena: Lebanon, Syria and Gaza.
The battalion’s many successes earned it the Operational Employment Excellence Award in 2012 and the Chief of Staff Award in 2014.
BAH Location (Brigade Training Base): Jordan Valley, Peles Camp.
The battalion is currently the core of the Haredi service in the IDF and about 1,000 soldiers serve under it at all times. In the training stages and in the combat companies.
Commander of the current battalion – Lt. Col. Matti Shevach
is himself a veteran of the Netzah Yehuda Battalion and served as a soldier and commander since 2004
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The battalion’s soldiers serve a total of two years and eight months in the IDF.
The training course lasts about 8 months, followed by service as combatants for an additional 16 months.
An ultra-Orthodox soldier is entitled to a school year after two years of service in the IDF.
The third year – the Maof year is intended to enable a soldier to complete his matriculation and studies at the Liba in order to acquire a profession and earn a decent living.
Regiment training in the Golan Heights – a challenging climb from the Sea of Galilee to the level
Introducing a Torah scroll during battalion training