The IAF Center - The National Center for Leadership and Character Development: A critical need for Israel’s future
Israel’s miraculous achievements over the past six decades have been driven by its people’s unique character and commitment to the nation through service and sacrifice. Yet, these principles are slowly eroding among too many in Israel’s next generation. A growing number of young people do not feel connected to Israel’s proud history – or the Zionist values on which it was founded. As a result, an unprecedented number of Israelis are refusing to take up the responsibility of national service.
There is no institution in Israel better equipped to address this challenge than the Israel Air Force. Since the country’s founding, the IAF has been one of its greatest symbols of national pride. It has produced many of Israel’s greatest leaders, not just in the military or in politics, but in all corners of society.
The Leadership Training draws on the values, history, and inspiration of Israel’s Air Force to empower Israeli youth and mold them into future leaders. A unique partnership between the IAF Center and the Air Force, the Israel Air Force Center is pioneering an innovative model of cooperation between educational and military institutions not found anywhere else in Israel. The IAF’s history, culture and values provide a framework to instill the principles of national service, the ideals of Zionism, and the tangible skills to lead.
The Leadership Training comprises three main programs:
* The IAF Air Cadets serves students ages 14-16 in IAF technical high schools.
* The IAF Youth Corps (Gadna Avir) serves youth ages 16-17.
* Leadership and Command Training serves IAF junior officers.