Photo: IDF Spokesman's Office
No fewer than five women are expected to complete the Israel Air Force Flight Academy course next Thursday – the highest number of women to ever graduate the army's most prestigious course.
The five women, along with 163 other flight academy graduates, will receive their wings in a ceremony attended by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Air Force Commander Major General Ido Nehoshtan.
According to statistics published by the IDF Spokesman's Unit, 31% of the cadets grew up in cities, 26% in religious communities, 21% in moshavim, 17% in local councils and 5% in kibbutzim.
A majority of them live in central Israel (58%) while 36% reside in northern Israel and 6% in the south. About 7% were not born in Israel.
Approximately 76% studied science and mathematics in high school, 9% studied social sciences, 15% studied both math and social sciences and none of the cadets took arts.
Most of the cadets are secular (72%), 18% are traditional and 10% are religious. Firstborns lead the pack with 40% of the cadets, 23% are middle children and 33% are the youngest in their families.
In addition, some 22% of the Air Force Academy's future graduates volunteered for a year prior to their enlistment into the army, compared with 14% of the cadets in the previous course. Most course graduates are 21 years of age and the oldest one is 26.
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