Kfir 900 Brigade is the youngest division in the IDF; it was formed in the late 2005. The "90s Battalions were founded in the 1990s to carry out special operations in the Judah and Samaria and Gaza and as an accompanying force to tanks in wartime. During the second Intifada it was decided to merge the battalions into one brigade to serve as designated infantry battalions that would serve in fixed areas. On December 6, 2005, the brigade was formally established with the 90s Battalions unified into a single, regular service brigade.
Infantry brigades provide flexibility and maneuverability to the modern battlefield. They are capable of operating under any field and weather conditions, day or night, combining rapid movement and firepower. Kfir battalions are trained to fight alone, though they can be joined with other forces and services in integrated combat. They can be transported by helicopter, fight mounted on armored vehicles, tanks or APC's and can operate against armor, attack helicopters and enemy infantry.
The Kfir Brigade is a major component in maintaining Israel's security, as it specializes in anti-terror fighting and combat within dense, urban areas. Kfir soldiers stand at the forefront of a determined fight against terrorism and share the burden of intense fighting. Kfir battalions are deployed in every major Palestinian city, from Hebron in the south to Tulkarem and Jenin in the north (before the 2005 disengagement, Kfir was also located in the Gaza Strip). The brigade carries out challenging, complex operations demanding that soldiers demonstrate a high level of expertise, steadfastness, initiative, and determination on a daily basis.
The soldiers of Kfir have played important roles in both regular and special operations in Israel's war against terrorism. Its successes have included catching suicide bombers, uncovering terrorist headquarters and seizing illegal weapons and explosives. Units from Kfir have also been instrumental in many high profile IDF operations, including: Operation Defensive Shield (2002), Operation Hot Winter (2008) and Operation Cast Lead (2009).
Soldiers in the Kfir Brigade undergo intense combat training that prepares them for action in urban areas and fighting amongst the local Palestinian population.
During four and a half months of basic training, the soldiers learn the basics of army discipline and physical fitness while becoming proficient in the use of various weapons such as the M-16, M-4 and Tavor assault rifles. During basic training the soldiers will also complete no fewer than ten forced marches of increasing length that test a unit's motivation and teamwork.
After basic training, the soldiers will undergo three months of advanced training focused on urban combat and fighting as an integrated group. Courses on navigation, rapid response, explosives, and fighting while mounted on armored personnel carriers are completed. Kfir soldiers are also put through Arabic courses which enable them to better converse with Palestinians as a major part of their operational activities will involve direct contact with the local population. In order to pass advanced training, each individual soldier must successfully overcome a rigorous one mile obstacle course as well as proving a high level of physical fitness through the army's standard PT test.
Upon completion of advanced training, the majority of soldiers join an active duty unit in one of Kfir's six battalions. Those selected for further training are sent to complete sniper, paramedic or combat driving courses.
I could not be more happy! I know it's going to be extremely difficult, but I am up for the challenge and ready to get started!
Update: here is a short YouTube clip, will give you glimpse into the sort of things Kfir does. http://youtu.be/GaD2sTAz-uQ