IDF Counter Terror School

Counter Terror Section



The Counter Terror Section was formed in the 1975 following the Maalot Massacre and the related reorganization in the Israeli CT and hostage rescue capabilities.

The section's primary role is to teach standardized counter terror techniques to all SF units, ensuring higher success rates and cross-unit operability when required. The section also ensures efficient knowledge management as operational lessons learned from various IDF SF units are gathered, analyzed and are later passed during the section's trainings.

As with most other IDF tactical courses, the section's courses are relatively short in durations and focus on the fundamentals. Therefore, in most SF units additional months of CT training take place both before and after the course in order to bring the operators to the desired level. This inner-unit training is conducted by the units' own CT instructors, which are graduates of the section's short CT Instructors Course.



The section offers the following courses:

Counter Terror Courses – while the core evolutions at the section's various courses are similar ensure operational commonalty, however, the courses are tailored to operational needs of specific units. Each course is typically undergone by a single integral team from an IDF SF unit as part of their training regime.

The section's basic course is divided into three main phases: Primary Weapon (assault rifles and SMG), Secondary Weapon (handguns) and CQB. During the first two phases the students are taught advanced weapons handling techniques of assault rifles, SMG and handguns ranging from static firing positions, solving jamming, switching from a primary to a secondary weapon and dynamic firing techniques. Throughout these two phases, the students spent most of their time in the ranges, stopping only for counting hits and Krav Maga training sessions, which is integral part of the course.

The CQB phase covers clearing rooms’ techniques beginning with a single operator clearing room using both primary and secondary weapons, followed by a pair of operators, two pairs, etc, until the entire team trains together on coordinated assaults on multiple rooms' facilities.

Advanced courses covers the same fundamentals as basic courses, with additional focus on hostage rescue tactics. They typically contains a Surprises phase, covering advanced CQB techniques and a Takeover phase, covering advanced hostage rescue techniques using the section's real life models of buses, trains and airplanes.

Near the end of each course, a final exercise takes place, in which the students’ are provided with a complex hostage rescue scenario, and need to plan and execute an assault. During the final exercise several raids are made, in which several team members are assigned as entry team while the rest of the team simulate kidnappers and hostages. After each raid the students switch parts, so each student has a chance to play an assault team member, a terrorist and a hostage. This roll playing boosts team members confidence in each other and provides them with a wider perspective on hostage rescue operations and an insight to the terrorist's/kidnapper point of view. In addition, in order to increase to make the final exercise more realistic, paintball guns and Simunition are often used.

Long Counter Terror Instructors Course – considered as one of the most physically demanding courses in the IDF, it is undergone exclusively by the section’s future instructors.

Short Counter Terror Instructors Course – intended for operators from various SF units, who will return to their units and handle inner-unit CT training. These instructors also maintain the section's link to the units in order to pass-on new techniques and schedule training sessions at the section.

High-Altitude Warfare Course - structure climbing, building rappelling and the engagements of targets while rappelling.

Counter Terror School Guide