Thursday, October 30, 2014

IAF launches cadet training program at YBA Bar Yochai, Meron

Gen. Amir Eshel reviews the cadets upon arrival

The commander of the Israel Air Force, Gen. Amir Eshel, visited the campus of YBA Bar Yochai in the Galilee town of Meron in September to launch a new cadet trianing program, "Kanfei Shachar" (Wings of Dawn).

The program is a joint venture between the IAF and Merkaz Yeshivot Bnei Akiva meant to prepare a cadre of highly skilled recruits to man the  ground support crews for the IAF's fighter jet squadrons.

Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Yosef Tawil welcomes the general
as Rabbi Beni Nachtailer listens
The students chosen for the program will wear IAF uniforms and be considered military cadets in every respect. The program's curriculum will include advanced studies in electronics, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering,
Gen. Amir Eshel addressing the cadets in the Beit Midrash

First class of Kanfei Shachar cadets with honored guests
Rabbi Beni Nachtailer, the Director General of the Yeshivot Bnei Akiva educational network wished the cadets much success as they embark on a new course in their lives. "The way of religious Zionism demands that we should be involved in every aspect of Israeli society, always applying our eternal Jewish values in daily life."

Gen. Eshel told the cadets that he was proud of the unique collaboration between the IAF and the YBA educational network. "We are thirsty for the special qualities that the students of YBA schools will bring to the air force," he said. "The number of pilots is limited, but they need a large number of high quality soldiers as ground support staff to make sure they can carry out their missions successfully and return home safely."



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