Army field commanders concerned by cuts to combat training programs have begun receiving assurances in recent days from military brass that in 2014, training will go back to near-normal levels, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

The NIS 1.75 billion cut to the defense budget for 2013 and 2014 has reduced training programs for enlisted units, while all exercises for reservists were cancelled this year.

Ground Forces commanders, who in some instances reported seeing exercises reduced significantly, expressed concern over the effect this will have on combat readiness. […]