Based on the course graduate statistics, there has been a significant increase in the number of pilots from southern Israel. Additionally, 15% of the graduates were not born in Israel, 20% volunteered for a year of community service before being drafted, and 55% were members of a youth movement.
Date: 29/12/2010, 11:53 AM Author: IDF (Zahal) Website
The graduation ceremony of the 161st IAF Pilot Course will take place Thursday (December 30th), in which the President, Mr. Shimon Peres, Minister of Defense, Mr. Ehud Barak and the Commander of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and the Air Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Ido Nechushtan will be present.
Based on statistical data of the course’s graduates, a significant amount of pilot graduates originate from southern Israel, while approximately a fifth of graduates volunteered for a year of national service. Three of the course graduates are women-two will be pilots and one a combat navigator.
Statistics show that the graduates originate from all over the country, from Rosh Pina in the north to Lehavim in the south. 30% of graduate live in north, 47.5% from central Israel, and 22.5% from the south. This represents a respectable increase of graduates coming from the south, which was only 5% in the previous Pilot Course six months ago. Furthermore, 35% of the graduates are from urban areas, 20% from community settlements, 17.5% from cooperative Israeli settlements, 7.5% from kibbutzim and 20% from regional councils.
15% of the graduates were not born in Israel. 22.5% have a foreign language as their mother tongue, with 2.5% being Russian speakers and 20% native English speakers. Finally, the data shows that 7.5% of the graduates are religious Jews and 15% consider themselves to be traditionally religious.
Out of four bachelor degrees available during the course, 35% of graduates studied information systems, 17.5% studied economics and management, 22.5% studied politics and government, 22.5% studied computer sciences and 2.5% joined the course after already completing their bachelor’s degree. 77.5% of the graduates applied for extended matriculation exams (five units of study) in the sciences, 20% studied in a program incorporating both liberal arts and the sciences, and 2.5% studied in art programs.
55% of the course graduates were members in youth movements. 22.5% of graduates participated in the Israeli Scouts, 7.5% in Bnei Akiva, 7.5% in Bnei Hamoshavim, 7.5% in the Agricultural Union, 2.5% in Hanoar Haoved Ve Halomed, and the rest in various other groups. Additionally, 20% of the graduates volunteered for a year of community service after high school (in comparison with 12% in the previous two course cycles), while 5% served in other IDF (Zahal) positions prior to the Pilot Course. 7.5% had previously begun the course and returned later. 2.5% took part in preparatory pre-military courses.
37.5% of the graduates are the eldest sibling in their family, and 25% are the youngest child. One of the older course graduates is even married. The parents of the course graduates work in various professions, with 27.5% of the mothers in education, and 12.5% of the fathers in the engineering sector.