Seeking to work around defense budget problems that have cut into combat training, the IDF has allocated millions of shekels to a new training program for Ground Forces designed to allow infantry conscripts to train while engaging in operational security duties, the army announced Wednesday.

The program, which began this year, is expected to continue into 2015, by which time the next defense budget will be known. Army training officers say that under the initiative, infantry squads or companies leave base for a week of intensive combat training, before resuming security missions.

Lt.-Col. Tamir Shalom, a training officer for the Northern Command, said the model “makes life easier for the commander and improves training.” […]