Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit
The graduates
Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

New IAF pilots mostly math-savvy urbanites

Newest class of pilots, navigators mostly city-dwellers, majored in science, from central Israel. Middle children outnumber first born by 3%

The Israeli Air Force will welcome a new class of pilots and navigators into its ranks this week, and the IDF Spokesperson's Unit released the official statistics of the flight course graduates.


According to the data, more than half are urban-dwellers from central Israel who majored in science in high school.


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The 166th wings ceremony will be held on Thursday with the attendance of President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz and Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel.


בוגרי הקורס ה-166 במספר. יקבלו כנפיים (צילום: דובר צה"ל)

The graduates (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)


The statistics on the graduates reveal that 54% of them are city residents, 35% from community settlements and 10% from the moshavim.


Moreover, 35% are from northern Israel, with the most northern graduate hailing from Safed.


About 61% are from central Israel and only 3% from the south.


Middle children have beaten the first born by a small margin, the former garnering 35% compare to the latter's 32%, while 29% are the youngest in their family, and 3% are only children.


The IDF Spokesperson's Unit noted that all the graduates started the course with a full high school diploma, except for one who finished his studies during the course.


About 56% majored in science in high school, 13% majored in humanities, 29% majored in a combination of the two and 3% majored in arts.


Almost half of the graduates did not take the course immediately following the end of their studies: Four volunteered for a service year, five studied in a mechina, three attended a hesder and four completed the course after serving in other roles in the IDF.


In addition, 9% of the graduates had to repeat the course.



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