After long weeks of efforts and satisfaction, the IAF Officer School cadets received their ranks and as of tonight will become the new generation of Officers in the IAF

Eliyah Levitan | Translated by: Ofri Aharon

This evening, over 70 IAF Officer’s course graduates stood on the parade ground and received their long awaited Officer ranks. Now they will positioned in different departments of the maintenance, administration, intelligence and cyber security.

“A spectacular mosaic of hope is seen on these parade grounds today. We have incredible people that are capable of anything. You, the graduates, are the best of Israeli youth. You have chosen to take responsibility and strengthen Israel’s security”, stated Maj. Gen Amir Eshel, IAF Commander, to the IAF’s new officers. “You are joining a group of IAF commanders. Each of you will have an effect on the IAF’s ability to withstand missions and achieve. You will design its image and navigate tomorrow’s IAF journey”.

Officer’s course instills in its graduates commanding skills at high levels, discipline, abilities to think “outside of the box” and values. “Starting tomorrow, you are officers. The power is in your hands. You will certainly ask yourselves – ‘what is this power? The hierarchy is clear and most of the decisions come ‘from the top’”, stated Lt. Col. Ram Shushan, Commander of the Officers Course.

The New Officers

From North to South
11% of the graduates will be positioned in the IAF’s “Ofek” Software Unit. The cyber defense division, which has been growing in recent years, absorbs new officers every year and continues to develop. “The unit has undergone a strategic change process. The graduates that will work with us will design the next decade and will create new standards. They will fill important roles such as team leaders and supervisors for software developments. They will be leaders of better quality, faster and more relevant products and will improve the IAF’s operational grounds”, stated Lt. Col. Orit Issac, a commander in “Ofek” Unit.

“You are moving into the proving stage. There is no grace period”, stated Col. Harel, OOuvda Airbase Commander, at the graduation ceremony. “We are all required to be prepared and qualified at any given moment, from your first day on the job you will be required to implement responsibility, be decisive and strive for success, results and victory”.