Over the last years Tel Aviv natives were relatively few and far in between in such demanding IDF training programs as the flying school and the course that sees soldiers become officers. But among the graduates of this year's officers course Tel Aviv was the city with the second highest representation after Jerusalem with 31 graduates.
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Among the five Tel Aviv residents who graduated the prestigious fighter pilots course, three were born in the city, and the other two moved there in later life.
The Tel Aviv Municipality told Yedioth Ahronoth they were proud with the stigma-shattering trend, adding they know of a number of high schools in the city that have implemented special programs aimed at boosting the motivation of their students to enlist to elite IDF units.
"Tel Avivians are no draft dodgers," a municipality spokesperson further added.
Another city prominent for the number of graduates of officers' courses is Modi'in, which tops the charts for reservist enlistment. Thirteen newly promoted IDF officers are from the town, nine of whom are graduates of the Maccabim-Reut high school, regarded as a veritable conveyer belt for future pilots and officers.
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