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User currently offlineZOTAN From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 619 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1916 times:

Over the past few months I've really thought about joining the IAF once I get out of college. I have no idea how I would do this, or If it is even allowed. I'm not talking about making it a career, but just serving for 2-4 years or however long they require. Does anyone know where I could find more information on this or have any advice related to it?

Thanks guys,


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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 1857 times:

Probably would be a good idea to see what the embassy can tell you about it. I would think that a fellow would have to make a fairly significant commitment to citizenship at the very least, and other wise be of good moral character, etc etc, you know the drill. It wouldn't hurt at all if you already have relatives living in Israel or other family connections either.

User currently offlineAC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 1844 times:

I like the way you think, but I'm afraid you may run into some considerable obstacles. It's not exactly standard practice to join some other country's Air Force, and AFAIK they're not quite as desperate for recruits as the US Armed Forces. Anyway, here's a quote from Wikipedia:

Thus, potential Israeli pilots are marked out several years prior to reporting for national service at age 18. High scores in school and on standardized tests, excellent physical condition and an exceptional loyalty to the state are among the factors taken into account.

And the full monty: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli_Air_Force

See section 3, "Pilot Selection & Training".

Better to be nouveau than never to have been riche at all.
User currently offlineRolfen From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 1822 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months ago) and read 1814 times:

Good luck.

(edited: i'm not comfortable hoping for anyone's failure)

[Edited 2006-10-02 15:13:21]

User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22864 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1793 times:

As others have said, unless you're an Israeli citizen, it will be hard to join the Israeli army, much less the Air Force, and much much less getting to fly a plane.


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User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1790 times:

Doesn't joining the armed forces of another country result in a loss of your US citizenship?

Answered my own question - see http://travel.state.gov/law/citizenship/citizenship_780.html

[Edited 2006-10-02 16:04:50]

User currently offlineWindshear From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 2364 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1790 times:

Matt I think the contract runs for many many years, and I do think you need to live in Israel permanently.
I know for a fact that many in your family must get "checked" more or less, before you can join the IAF. It is a tough tough job to get, but if you manage all the more respect to you.

Rolfen, I can only guess what you deleted  Yeah sure


"If you believe breaking is possible, believe in fixing also"-Rebbe Nachman
User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3543 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1755 times:

Quoting Rolfen (Reply 3):
Good luck.

(edited: i'm not comfortable hoping for anyone's failure)

(Similar sentiments)

My personal opinions on the IAF/IDF aside, I'd imagine this would be a great gateway into a career in aviation. All of El Al's pilots are ex-IAF, and I'd imagine that their alumni are flying for other carriers around the world as well.

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