Israel Defense Forces insignia: Wikis


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This page details the insignia of the Israel Defense Forces, excluding rank insignia. For ranks, see Israel Defense Forces ranks and insignia.



Each corps in the Israel Defense Forces has a beret of a different color and/or a different beret pin worn by its soldiers, independent of rank and position. Israel Defense Forces soldiers wear berets only on formal occasions, such as ceremonies and roll calls. The beret is placed beneath the left shoulder strap while wearing the service uniform (alef), but not while wearing the combat/work (bet) uniform in the field. On base it is left to the soldier's discretion to wear his beret or a field hat. Air force and navy officers, military orchestra soldiers and military police law enforcement soldiers wear combination caps. formerly, male soldiers of all ranks wore combination caps, while female soldiers wore the garrison cap. This headgear was unpopular with most soldiers, who wore the optional beret instead. In the 1950's, the beret was adopted as the default headgear for the service uniform. The color of the air force beret was blue-gray; armored corps, artillery, and special operations personnel wore a black beret. Paratroopers, following the pattern of the British Army, wore red, all other infantry wore olive drab. Combat engineers wore a gray beret. For all other army personnel, except combat units, the beret for men was green and for women, black. Women in the navy wore a black beret with gold insignia while men wore the traditional white sailor cap like that of the US Navy.

Corps Color
Air Force
Air Force  
Infantry Corps
Golani Brigade  
Paratroopers Brigade and SF units  
Nahal Brigade  
Givati Brigade  
Kfir Brigade Camouflage
Armor Corps
Armor Corps  
Artillery Corps
Artillery Corps  
Engineering Corps
Engineering Corps  
Directorate of Military Intelligence  
Military Police
Military Police  
Border Police
Border Police  
Home Front
Home Front Command  
General Corps  
Sea Corps  

Beret pins

All berets in the Israel Defense Forces, other than general corps berets (when worn by recruits), have pins attached to their front, which represent the symbol of the corps. While soldiers may wear the beret of another corps due to serving at that corps' base, they will always wear the pin of their native corps. Each pin consists of the corps symbol as well as a certain ornament which also contains the name of the corps.

Corps Pin symbol
The Chief of Staff

Rosh HaMate HaKlali (Ramatkal)

The IDF emblem
General Staff

HaMate HaKlali

המטה הכללי.png
Sword wrapped by an olive branch
Home Front Command

Pikud HaOref (Heil HaOref)

Sword wrapped by an olive branch with large triangle in the background
Military Rabbinate

HaRabanut HaTzva'it

Figure of the Ten Commandments with a sword in the foreground
Military Advocate General

HaPraklitut HaTzva'it

הפרקליטות הצבאית.png
Scales and a sword
Air Force

Heil HaAvir

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Sword, olive branch, Star of David and wings (eagle wings, found at Bet-Shean excavations).
Infantry Corps

Heil HaRaglim

Sword wrapped by an olive branch
Armor Corps

Heil HaShiryon

Artillery Corps

Heil HaTothanim

Cannon/artillery piece
Combat Engineering Corps

Heil HaHandasa HaKravit

Sword and castle surrounded by blast's halo
Field Intelligence Corps

Heil Modi'in HaSade

Fleur-de-lis on top of a pair of binoculars
Ordnance Corps

Heil HaHimush

Sword, torch and a cog
Medical Corps

Heil HaRefu'a

Snake around torch with Star of David on the bowl of the torch
Intelligence Corps

Heil HaModi'in

C4I Corps

Heil HaTikshuv

Sword with wings and a pair of lightning bolts
Education and Youth Corps

Heil HaHinukh VeHaNo'ar

חיל החינוך והנוער2.jpg
Star of David, book and bow and arrow
Adjutant Corps

Heil HaShalishut

Sword wrapped by an olive branch, a book, and a disk
Logistics Corps

Heil HaLogistika

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Sword, olive branch and a steering wheel
Military Police

Heil HaMishtara HaTzva'it

Shield and flame
Border Police

Mishmar HaGvul (Magav)

Israel Police Star of David
General Corps

HaHayil HaKlali

החיל הכללי.png
Two crossed swords and a fig leaf

Heil HaYam

Sword wrapped by an olive branch, anchor and wave ornament

Shoulder tags

Typically, each IDF unit (yehida) has its own shoulder tag. Shoulder tags consist of a long section and a tip, which can be one of four shapes: a circle (commands, directorates and air force units except anti-aircraft), a square (Golani Brigade), a diamond, or a shield-like shape (most common).

Some of the IDF shoulder tags:



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IDF soldier from the Golani Brigade, in service dress (a S.F.C, medic, with the Second Lebanon war ribbon & citation


The Israel Defense Forces has several types of uniforms:

  • Service dress (aleph) - the everyday uniform, worn by enlisted soldiers.
  • Field dress (bet) - worn into combat, training, work on base.
  • Officers / Ceremonial dress - worn by officers, or during special events/ceremonies.
  • Dress uniform and Mess dress - worn only abroad. There are several dress uniforms depending on the season and the branch.
  General Air Force Navy Border Police
Service dress (aleph)        
Field/Combat dress (bet)          
Officers / Ceremonial dress        
Dress uniform (outside Israel)        ---- 

The service uniform for all ground forces personnel is olive green; navy and air force uniforms are beige. The uniforms consist of a shirt, trousers, sweater, jacket or blouse, and shoes or boots. The navy has an all white dress uniform. Green fatigues are the same for winter and summer and heavy winter gear is issued as needed. Women's dress parallels the men's but may substitute a skirt for the trousers.

Some corps or units have small variations in their uniforms - for instance, military policemen wear a white belt and police hat. Similarly, while most IDF soldiers are issued black leather boots, some units issue reddish-brown leather boots for historical reasons- the paratroopers, Nahal and Kfir brigades, as well as some SF units (Sayeret Matkal, Oketz, Duvdevan, Maglan, Counter-Terror School). Women are also issued sandals.


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