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Flying For The IAF

Sun Oct 01, 2006 3:58 pm

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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RE: Flying For The IAF

Mon Oct 02, 2006 12:32 pm

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.
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RE: Flying For The IAF

Mon Oct 02, 2006 1:19 pm

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".
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RE: Flying For The IAF

Mon Oct 02, 2006 10:07 pm

Good luck.

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

[Edited 2006-10-02 15:13:21]
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RE: Flying For The IAF

Mon Oct 02, 2006 11:01 pm

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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RE: Flying For The IAF

Mon Oct 02, 2006 11:03 pm

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

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RE: Flying For The IAF

Mon Oct 02, 2006 11:04 pm

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.

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RE: Flying For The IAF

Tue Oct 03, 2006 2:58 am

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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