Looking to consolidate various branches of the IDF under one central command, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot announced earlier this month the establishment of a new command infrastructure that will encompass all of the army’s current elite infantry units.
Among the Units that will be joined under this new command structure are Maglan, Duvedevan, Rimon, and Egoz. This new revolutionary shift in command follows sharply upon the heels of Eizenkot’s most recent command shift and the formation of a new cyber arm of the IDF.
Eizenkot, who has been in office for a scant five months, is make large organizational changes to further push the IDF into the 21st century.
The direct commander of the elite divisions will be Col. David Zinni, who filled in as acting commander of the Golani brigade during Operation Protective Edge following the injury of the previous commander.
The announcement came at the end of a multi-year investigation regarding better logistical organization of the command structure for the military.
As part of the announcement made by the IDF spokespersons office, the IDF stated: “The purpose of the reorganization for the elite units is to better utilize them in emergency situations. We aim to strengthen the infantry, the special forces, and those who serve as the tip of the spear that is the IDF infantry brigades.”
Currently, IDF units train separately, which leads to duplicity in the current organizational structure. Army officials hope that the unified command structure will make the training of elite forces logistically easier and allow for simultaneous training together where the training programs overlap.
It is hoped that this training will result in a more efficient military force.