Service in the Navy
in the Navy
Navy offers numerous service opportunities in the fields of naval
combat coastal detection, systems development, maintenance and administration.
Occupational specialties include service in all-voluntary combat units,
as well as, operational and technical capacities.
Volunteer naval combat units training courses include:
Naval Officers Course: prepares officers trained to command
of ships in the Navy. It includes studies in three main areas of specialization:
sailing, electronics and navigation systems. Courses for sailing and
electronics last for 20 months, and the course for sailing and navigation
systems lasts for another 16 months. During the course, the students
are trained to function asofficers and command a gamut of Israel Navy
assets, ranging from, rubber dinghies to missile boats.
Naval Commandos Course: Israel Navy commandos receive intensive
combat infantry training as well as naval surface and special underwater
operations. Israel naval commandos are trained to destroy enemy craft
using a wide variety of methods to undertake ground operations at a
high level of proficiency. During the 20 month-long course, , participants
are required to display resourcefulness, initiative, possess the willpower
and physical and emotional capacities to face challenges which almost
exceed the threshold of human endurance.
Submarine Course: Service in submarines is suitable for volunteers
capable of work in a group setting under difficult conditions in an
confined space. During the submarine course, which lasts 10 months,
participants must show their capacity for social adjustment, and be
able to function in crowded conditions and under high pressure.
The Navy offers a series of professional courses which qualify participants
as crew members for service on missile boats, Dabur (Hornet) and Yitush
(Mosquito) patrol boats and tow boats. These units are not considered
voluntary, although the majority of the course participants are volunteers
who have already been through some preliminary training exercises.
Course for Seamen: Participants learn sea operation of different
boats, weapon systems, meteorology, naval navigation, sea communication
procedures, etc. Duration of the course is 2 months.
Course for Sea/Coast Wireless Communications Systems Operators:
Participants learn the operation of wireless communications equipment
between ships, coastal stations and command centers. Duration of the
course is 3-5 months.
Course for Sea/Coast Radar Operators: Participants learn how
to use radar to locate enemy ships and to track friendly forces. Graduates
serve on ships or in operations rooms, and some even serve in patrol
aircraft. Duration of the course is about 2 months.
Course for Weapons Systems Operators: Participants learn how
to operate sea borne weapon systems, including missile firing systems.
Duration of the course is 2½ months.
Other Courses: The Navy also offers other, often classified
courses. These include command & control operators, electronic warfare
and control of weapon systems. Duration of these courses is approximately
3 months each.
Various professional technicians, such as mechanics, electricians and
electronic specialists also serve in the Navy, both at sea and on land.