The Israeli GOC Army headquarters
(מפקדת זרוע היבשה, Mifkedet Zro'a HaYabasha
), abbreviated as Mazi
(מז"י), is a multi-corps command headquarters created in 1998, which amalgamates the ground forces of the Israel Defense Forces
. As of December, 2007, Mazi is headed by Aluf Avi Mizrahi
. The current size of the Israeli Ground Forces is estimated at a rough 125,000 active soldiers and 600,000 soldiers in reserve.
The IDF's third arm
Under the IDF 2000 reforms
, Mazi is set to become the IDF's third Arm
, alongside the Air and Space Arm
and the Sea Arm
. Until the creation of Mazi, IDF ground forces were directly subordinate to the Chief of Staff
; Mazi is still in the midst of being structured, which means to some extent they effectively remain so. Likewise with combat support and rear-line corps, which in part remain subordinate to respective Directorates
. As an IDF arm, Mazi is designed to deal with the building of the ground forces' strength and working toward balance, combination, and coordination between the ground corps. Mazi's authority ranges from the battalion to the command level.
The command headquarters is located in Camp Bar Lev, between Ashkelon and Qiryat Mal'akhi. Mazi includes eight corps in three groups following their military functions.
The maneuvering corps
The сombat support corps
Heads of Mafchash and Mazi