CIVIL DEFENSE ORGANIZATION RANKS: Israel. 1950s-1980s.  Israeli Civil Defense officers and enlisted personnel wore distinctive insignia different from standard military insignia of rank, as shown below in Table 1.

Table 38-1. Israeli Civil Defense Rank Insignia

Insignia Rank Translation Army Equivalent
two shields worn on the shoulder strap, each shield with three aerial bombs Rav Pakad Bachir   Lieutenant Colonel
one shield worn on the shoulder strap, the shield with three aerial bombs Rav Pakad Chief Inspector Major
3 arcs worn on the shoulder strap Pakad Bachir Senior Inspector Captain
2 arcs worn on the shoulder strap Pakad Inspector 1st Lieutenant
1 arc worn on the shoulder strap Pakad Mishne Deputy Inspector 2nd Lieutenant
2 arcs below a shield, the shield with three aerial bombs, worn on the sleeve Rav Samal Bachir Master Guard Sergeant Senior Warrant Officer
1 arc below a shield, the shield with three aerial bombs, worn on the sleeve Rav Samal Gonen First Guard Sergeant Junior Warrant Officer
3 arcs below a triangle, worn on the sleeve Samal Gonen Rishon Guard Sergeant 1st Class Staff Sergeant
3 arcs, worn on the sleeve Samal Gonen Guard Sergeant Sergeant
2 arcs, worn on the sleeve Gonen Musmach Qualified Guard Corporal
1 arc, worn on the sleeve Gonen Rishon Guardsman 1st Class Lance Corporal
no insignia Gonen Guardsman Private

Sources: Cheek, Donald, "Israeli Civil Defense Corps," The Trading Post, Volume 41, Number 3, April-June 1982, page 26.  Littman, A. A. and Bob Mendelson, "Israel," The Trading Post, Volume 32, Number 3, April-June 1973, pages 83-86.

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