Israel Defense Forces insignia

Israel Defense Forces Insignia

Israel Defense Forces insignia

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


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.

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, or sandals for boots.

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).


Each corps in the Israel Defense Forces has a beret of a different color and/or a...
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