Unlike most armed forces, combat uniforms and/or camouflaged pattern uniforms are rarely used in the IDF. Instead, the IDF standard uniforms comprised of cotton shirt and pants and come in single color - olive green. The design and features of these uniforms have remained largely unchanged since their introduction in the early 1960's. Further, they are general-purpose garments, used for both work and combat functions, and with regular units and special forces alike.
In the 1950's and 1960's camouflaged pattern uniforms were more commonly used in IDF, particularly with SF units. However, in the 1970's most of these uniforms were taken out of service partly to do a standardization process and partly to prevent friendly fire incidents. However, few SF units continued limited usage of camouflage pattern uniforms for deployment.
In the mid 1990's, following the continuous conflict in South Lebanon, the IDF placed in an increase focus on personal camouflage resulting in usage of camouflaged pattern uniforms by SF units for deployment and OPFOR simulations. These uniforms are typically issued in desert and woodland patterns, and most of them are U.S. Military surplus provided to the IDF at little or no costs.
In recent years the IDF has began issue SF units with new combat uniforms. Unlike the current general-purpose uniforms, these uniforms were specifically designed for combat and to be worn under body armor or vests. Modeled after the renown Crye outfits, these uniforms are made of durable ripstop materials and feature dedicated pockets, zipper collar, adjustable Velcro closures, removable knee pads and other typical combat uniforms features.
YAMAM operators and their dog during training. The operators are armed with M4 Commando fitted with EOTech, AN/PEQ-15 and compensators. Left operator is wearing an Ops-Core Sentry helmet fitted a Contour camera. All operators are wearing combat uniforms including a combat shirt and Crye pants (photo: IDF).
The Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Ya'alon, speaking with a Shayetet 13 operator during a visit to the unit. The operator is armed with a suppressed weapon and wearing combat uniforms and a head-mounted NVG harness (photos: Israeli MOD).
Shayetet 13 operator during an oil rig training. The operator is armed with a suppressed 9mm Micro Tavor fitted with a Meprolight MOR and a forward grip. The operator is also wearing combat uniforms and an Ops-Core FAST helmet-fitted with a GoPro camera (photo: IDF).
Duvdevan operators during training. Foreground operator is wearing an Ops-Core Sentry helmet fitted with an AN/PVS-23 and is armed with a M4 Commando fitted with Meprolight MOR, a rail system and forward grip. Background operator is wearing a helmet fitted with an AN/PVS-7 and a TAR Ideal TL5, and is armed with a M4A1 fitted with an EOTech and a forward grip (photo: IDF). Both operators are also wearing combat uniforms.
Shaldag operators during training. Foreground operators armed with suppressed M4 Commando fitted with Trijicon Reflex and Insight AN/PEQ-16, rail systems and forward grips. Background operator armed with a suppressed M4 Commando fitted with a Trijicon ACOG 4x32, a backup sight, a rail system and a forward grip. All operators also wearing Ops-Core FAST helmets and combat uniforms (photo: IDF).
YAMAS operator during training. The operator is armed with a Glock and is wearing combat uniforms (photo: Israeli Border Guard).
Desert Pattern (Desert Battle Dress Uniform | DBDU)
Rimon operators during training armed with (from left to right): a Micro Tavor fitted a Meprolight Mepro 21; a Micro Tavor fitted with a Meprolight M21 and a flashlight; a Glock handgun and a Micro Tavor; a Micro Tavor fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21 and a Trijicon ACOG magnifier. All weapons are also fitted with forward grips/bipod combos. Note three shades of Micro Tavor - including factory black (left), factory tan (middle) and painted tan (right), and desert camouflage, including shoes, uniforms, vests, face masks, helmet covers, and Mitznefet (photo: IDF).
Desert Pattern (Desert Camouflage Uniform | DCU)
PALSAR 401 operators and Oket’z operator and his dog (second from right) during training. From left to right: operator armed with a M4A1 fitted with an ITL MARS, a rail system, a forward grip and a flashlight; operator armed with a M4A1/M203 combo fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21 sight and a flashlight; Operator armed with a M4 Commando fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21, a forward grip and a flashlight; and a operator armed with a M4 Commando fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21 and a flashlight. Note desert pattern uniforms and camouflaged weapons.
PALSAR Givati operators during training. Note desert pattern uniforms and tan vests.
PALSAR Givati conducting forced march during training. Note desert pattern uniforms and tan color vests.
PALSAR Givati operators during desert camouflage training. Note camouflaged M4A1, desert pattern uniforms and tan vest.
PALSAR Golani team in full gear during desert warfare training. Note desert pattern uniforms and backpack covers.
MATILAN operators during training with their dog, armed with Colt Commando fitted with Meprolight Mepro 21, flashlight and Shotguard blanks adapter. Note camouflage pattern uniforms and Oakley eye protection (photo: Israeli Police).
SF operators wearing woodland pattern uniforms and armed with an AK47 during OPFOR simulation in the IDF Counter Guerrilla School.
PALSAR NAHAL operators wearing camouflaged pattern uniforms during training. Left operator is armed with a CAR15 fitted an Elbit Falcon. Right operator is armed with a CAR15 fitted with a Trijicon ACOG 4x32.