Desert Reconnaissance Battalion

The Desert Reconnaissance Battalion (DRB) (also known as Unit 585 or the Bedouin Battalion) is a unit of the Israel Defense Forces. It is an ethnic minority unit consisting of volunteers from the Bedouin, Christian, Muslim, Druze and Circassian ethnoreligious groups, while the majority of the IDF and the Israeli population are Jews. The DRB was founded in the late 1980s and since then has largely been deployed on the border with the Gaza Strip on security duties.

585th Desert Reconnaissance Battalion
Battalion insignia
ActiveLate 1980s-present
Country Israel
BranchGround Forces
TypeInfantry
RoleBorder patrol
Size1 Battalion
Part of143rd "Fire Fox" (Territorial) Division, Southern Command

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