Redesigned Combat Intelligence Collection Corps Aims High
23 November 2009 , 18:11
Chief Combat Intelligence Collection Officer, Brig. Gen. Eli Pollack
Chief Combat Intelligence Collection Officer, Brig. Gen. Eli Pollack. Photo: Alex Rivlin, IDF Spokesperson
New recruits of the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps will be given their new beige berets and insignia at the end of their training. 

Tal Moise

The first recruits in the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps, since they changed its name from the Field Intelligence Corps, showed up on Monday (Nov. 23) at the Meitav base (where new recruits are sorted in to their respective corps or basic training bases) where they learned that at the end of their training they will be given the new insignia of the Corps, as well as the new beige berets. Until now, the soldiers wore the dark green berets of the Intelligence Corps. The changes, as well as renaming the force, is intended to separate the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps from the Intelligence Corps, who are conditioned as a combatant force.

Approximately 98 percent of those joining the new force expressed willingness to serve in a combat role in the IDF. This is the highest percentage so far for the force, explained Chief Combat Intelligence Collection Officer, Brigadier General Eli Pollack. This figure is the highest rate of motivation in the past decade for combat service in the IDF.

The Corpss name changed from Field Intelligence Corps to Combat Intelligence Collection Corps. Many young soldiers who came to us until now did not think it was a combat force, but that changed today. I am very pleased with these figures, it shows that anyone who comes to us wants to be in combat and wants to serve a significant service, added Brig. Gen. Pollack.

In order for the new solders to understand what position they were selected for and what is required of them, the Corps contacted the new recruits before their enlistment, and about 85 percent of all the recruits received a home visit by a representative of the Corps, who explained the role of a Combat Intelligence Collection soldier. The soldiers who joined today are familiar with the role they were selected for, explained Brig. Gen. Pollack. We created a connection with the candidates for security service in order to lessen the uncertainty concerning their enlistment.

At the end of the day, the new soldiers found themselves on their way to the Combat Intelligence Collection School, where they will be training for about ten months. The first stage is basic training, where the task is to turn the new recruits from civilians to soldiers and from soldiers to combat soldiers, said Brig. Gen. Pollack. Then in advanced training, the soldiers will acquire their profession and study, among other things, camouflage, moving around in the field and obtaining intelligence information. Everything is obtained by the combat soldiers while they are moving around in the field, as opposed to look-out soldiers stationed at observation posts. The responsibility the combat soldiers have during their shifts is immense.

A lot is required from the Combat Intelligence Collection soldiers, added Brig. Gen. Pollack. The job requires a lot of teamwork, high perseverance and an open mind beyond what you see. Our battalions are responsible for what happens in the area, the fighters do not only look at the hill in front of them, rather at complete distances and areas.

I wish they have, in their training stage, a varied and interesting experience. We know how to give them hard work but at the same time a sense of family. In the future, I hope that the good ones will go to Commanders Course and the best ones to Officers Course. I believe that at every place they get to there will be joint cooperation with operational activities in the area. Nonetheless, I wish that they will be bored because that would mean that it will be quiet around us. If that doesnt happen, we will be prepared and ready at the  front.