IDF Druze Battalion emblem: unit badge belonging to "Gdud Kherev" ('Sword Battalion') of Druze and Circassian soldiers in the Israeli Army; weight: 3.7g; not maker-marked.
Druze (Bedouin and Circassians) have served in the IDF since 1948 and are conscripted for national service like Jews. Like religious Jews, the Druze and Circassians (and Bedouin) serve in homogenous ethnic units. Originally these existed as anonymous "ethnic units" within the IDF, but from 1951 the Druze and Circassians served in "Battalion 300", a force which earned the stature of a special force given the paratroop and additional training afforded to the unit. In 1974 all the "ethnic units" in the Army were amalgamated together into larger units, and the Druze-Circassian battalion become known as the 299th "Sword Battalion".
מילות מפתח: מיליטריה מיליטאריה סיכות סיכה יחידות יחידה שירות חולצה חולצות דרגה דרגות תג תגיות צה"ל צה"לי צבא