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The Israeli GOC Army
headquarters (Hebrew: זרוע היבשה‎, Zro'a ha-Yabasha, "Ground Arm"), known unofficially as Mazi, is a multi-corps command headquarters created in 1998, which amalgamates the ground forces of the Israel
Defense Forces. The current size of the Israeli Ground Forces is estimated at roughly 133,000 active soldiers and 380,000 soldiers in reserve.


1 Name 2 Units and structure 3 The IDF's third arm 4 Ranks 5 Heads of Mafchash and MAZI 6 IDF Ground Forces equipment 7 Future 8 References 9 External links

Name The GOC Army
is known unofficially as Mazi, the Hebrew pronunciation for an acronym for "Ground Arm Command" (מז"י, (מפקדת זרוע היבשה, Mifkedet Zro'a ha-Yabasha), which was the GOC Army
Headquarters' previous name before being renamed to the current "Ground Arm" (זרוע היבשה‬). After this renaming, the acronym MAZI officially refers nowadays to "Commander of the Ground Arm" (מפקד זרוע היבשה, Mefaked Zro'a Ha-Yabasha). However the old acronym MAZI still remains the popular name for the GOC Army
Headquarters. Units and structure

Structure GOC

MAZI includes the five ground-warfare corps of specific military functions:

The maneuvering corps:

Infantry Corps (חיל הרגלים) Armor Corps (חיל השריון)

The combat support corps:

Artillery Corps (חיל התותחנים) Combat Engineering Corps
Combat Engineering Corps
(חיל ההנדסה הקרבית) Combat Intelligence Corps (חיל האיסוף הקרבי)

In addition, MAZI includes four "staff divisions":

Planning Division (Budget and Organization Planning) (חטיבת התכנון) "Ground" Division ( Training
and Doctrine) (חטיבת יבשה) Personnel Division (חטיבת כוח-אדם) Technological Division ( Materiel
R&D and Acquisition) (חטיבת הטכנולוגיה)

The IDF's third arm Under the IDF 2000 reforms, MAZI was set to become the IDF's third Arm, alongside the Air and Space Arm and the Sea Arm. Until the creation of MAZI, IDF ground forces were directly subordinated to the Chief of Staff through the Regional Commands (North, South, and Central). The intention of the reform was to subordinate the ground forces to one ground commander, who is a part of the Joint Staff, by the example of the Israeli Air Force
Israeli Air Force
and Navy; and unlike most of the other armed forces, where operational Army, Air Force, and Navy
plus other auxiliary support units, are all subordinated to unified commands. The proposed reform for the Ground Arm was rejected and the ground forces remain subordinated to the three regional commands. Likewise with combat support and rear-line corps, which are partly subordinated to the respective Directorates. In times of war, the Ground Arm Commander acts as an advisor to the IDF Chief of Staff on ground warfare. As an IDF arm, the Ground Arm is meant to build of the ground forces' strength and working toward balance, combination, and coordination between the ground corps. It does so by instruction and training of individual units, planning and publishing the relevant doctrine, organizing the forces respectively for their missions, and R&D and acquisition of materiel. Its authority ranges up to the corps level. Above it, meaning the regional commands themselves, the authority is of the IDF Joint Staff. Ranks Main article: Israel Defense Forces
Israel Defense Forces


Equivalent NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) & Student officer

Israel (Edit) No equivalent


Rav aluf Chief General Aluf General Tat aluf Subordinate General Aluf mishne Junior General Sgan aluf Deputy General Rav seren Chief Commander Seren Captain Segen Deputy Segen mishne Junior Deputy

 USA General of the Army General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain First Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Candidate Officer Cadet


Equivalent NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1

Israel (Edit)

No equivalent No insignia No equivalent

Chief warrant officer (רב-נגד (רנ"ג Warrant officer (רב-נגד משנה (רנ"מ Command Sergeant
Major (רב-סמל בכיר (רס"ב Sergeant
Major (רב-סמל מתקדם (רס"מ Master Sergeant (רב-סמל ראשון (רס"ר Sergeant
First Class (רב-סמל (רס"ל Staff Sergeant (סמל ראשון (סמ"ר Sergeant סמל Corporal (רב טוראי (רב"ט Private טוראי

Heads of Mafchash and MAZI

Dan Shomron
Dan Shomron
(1983–1985) Amir Drori
Amir Drori
(1985–1986) Uri Sagi
Uri Sagi
(1986–1991) Emanuel Sakel (1991–1994) Ze'ev Livne (1994–1996) Amos Malka (1996–1998) Moshe Soknik (1998–2001) Yiftah Ron-Tal
Yiftah Ron-Tal
(2001–2005) Benjamin Gantz
Benjamin Gantz
(2005 – December 20, 2007) Avi Mizrahi
Avi Mizrahi
(December 20, 2007 – 2009) Sami Turgeman (2009–2013)[1] Guy Tzur
Guy Tzur
(2013-2016) Kobi Barak (since 2016)

IDF Ground Forces equipment Main article: Military equipment of Israel
§ Ground forces equipment Future The IDF is currently planning major structural reform. Due to the poor training and equipment among army reservists, large numbers will be dismissed.[2] References

^ http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1105826.html ^ http://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-to-discharge-100000-reservists-slash-officer-corps/

External links

Ground Arm website (in Hebrew) Army
Headquarters' LIC2005: an international conference on "Warfare in Low Intensity Conflict"

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Defense Forces

Arms / Commands / Directorates / Attachés


Sea Corps (Navy) Air Force Ground Forces (GOC Army)


Northern Central Southern Home Front


General Staff Operations Intelligence Planning Manpower Technological and Logistics Computer Service Depth Corps


Financial advisor Women's Affairs advisor Military Advocate General Court of Appeals Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories


Ground forces

Infantry Armor Artillery Combat Engineering Combat Intelligence Collection

Infantry brigades

Oz Paratroopers Golani Nahal Givati Kfir

Armor brigades

7th 188th 401st

Combat support and rear-front

Ordnance Medical Intelligence C4I Education Adjutant Logistics Military Police Rabbinate General



36th Armored 162nd Armored


80th Edom 91st Galil 143rd Fire Fox 210th Bashan 877th Judea and Samaria


98th Paratroopers 319th Armored 340th Armored 252nd Armored


Berets, units symbols and uniform Ranks Decorations

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