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Bahad (Hebrew: בה"ד‎, short for Bsis Hadrakha (Hebrew: בסיס הדרכה‎), lit. Training base) is a military training base in the Israel Defense Forces. Each Bahad deals with a certain field, such as law enforcement or logistics. Generally, each Bahad belongs to a certain corps and conducts all courses required by the corps in question. Some training bases also train the new recruits of the corps.

The Israel Defense Forces also has several Bahads which don't belong to any particular corps and exist for the sole purpose of training new recruits. They are called recruit training bases, or Batars (Hebrew: בט"ר‎, short for Bsis Tironut (Hebrew: בסיס טירונות‎)).

Most Bahads are located in Camp Yadin (Tzrifin), although several are not. Notably, Bahad 1, the well-known school for officers, is located in the south of the country. Plans exist to make a new base near Beersheba and Ramat Hovav to contain all the training bases (unofficially termed Ir HaBahadim - city of training bases), because Tzrifin has a high land value and is gradually being sold to civilian contractors.

Training bases (Bahad)

  • Bahad 1 - the school for officers. Located in Camp Laskov, near Mitzpe Ramon. Does not belong to a single corps, and all soldiers train there before becoming officers (except for air force air crews and navy shipboard officers), as well as certain officers.
  • Bahad 2 - the school for battalion and brigade commanders.
  • Bahad 3 - the school for infantry (now part of a brigade that consists of 3 bases).
  • Bahad 4 - a.k.a. Batar Zikim, located near kibbutz Zikim.
  • Bahad 5 - the school for armored corps.
  • Bahad 6 - the school for military logistics, located in Tzrifin. Belongs to the logistics corps. Commanded by Ronen Wolf.
  • Bahad 7 - the school for telecommunications and computers, located in Tzrifin. Belongs to the C4I Corps.
  • Bahad 8 - Wingate Institute, fitness and hand-to-hand combat.
  • Bahad 9 - the school for artillery corps.
  • Bahad 10 - the school for medicine, located in Tzrifin. Belongs to the medical corps. Also houses the School for Communication and Coordination, of COGAT.
  • Bahad 11 - Adjutant and general corps, located in Tzrifin.
  • Bahad 12 - Used to be a school for non-combat officers (particularly female officers), located in Tzrifin. Now serves as MAGAL div. Headquarters.
  • Bahad 13 - the school of military police, located in Camp Mota Gur, near Kfar Yona. Belongs to the military police corps. Commanded by Lieut. Col. Ariel Daviddi.
  • Bahad 14 - the school for combat engineering.
  • Bahad 15 - the school for military intelligence.
  • Bahad 16 - the school for search and rescue, home front command, located in Tzrifin.
  • Bahad 20 - the school for the ordnance corps, located in Tzrifin.
  • Bahad 600 - the school for the Israeli Sea Corps.

Recruit training bases (Batar)

  • Batar Nitzanim - located in Camp Yehoshu'a, near Nitzanim.
  • Camp Dotan (Camp 80) - located in the Sharon area (bordering Pardes Hanna-Karkur).


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