The IDF Ground Forces Command is facing an acute shortage of officer engineers, personnel who are crucial to running and developing the weapons and platforms designed to keep the country secure.
Like the private sector in Israel, the IDF is suffering from the lack of desire on the part of students to study engineering. Amid the daily reports on tensions with Hamas and Hezbollah, or violence in the West Bank, the shortage of engineers in the army looks like a small story. But this shortage’s ability to cause strategic harm to national security is vast, and the problem has become a real concern among military planners.
As a result, the IDF Technological and Maintenance Corps has decided to act, initiating four programs to get the number of officer engineers back to sufficient levels as quickly as possible.