A special IDF program coordinates technology training for Israeli high-school students. After they graduate, the students join the ranks of the IDF’s most talented innovators, computer programmers and technology experts.
In August of 2013, dozens of Israeli high-school students marched toward the stage during an IDF ceremony. The teenagers, dressed in olive-green uniforms, waved Israeli flags and celebrated with family members at a major IDF training base. Although the students were no older than 15 – three years behind Israel’s required age for military service – they marked their formal transition into the IDF. Earlier this school year, they began a special program for high schoolers with the IDF’s Teleprocessing Corps.
“We work with students who enter the IDF formally in the ninth or tenth grade,” explains Lieutenant Colonel Ronen Azaria, the program’s founding director and the former Head of the Technology and Training Branch at the School for Teleprocessing, who recently transitioned into a new role. The technology track, now in its second year, leads programming for IDF “cadets” at seven high schools across the country. Students who take part in the program experience the daily routine of IDF soldiers – coming to class in uniform and participating in activities under the supervision of IDF commanders.
The elite program prepares the students to serve as soldiers in the Teleprocessing Corps. Like other students, the cadets study basic subjects like math, social studies, civics and English – but also take advanced courses in technology taught by high-school teachers. Once they graduate and reach the military as full recruits, they join the ranks of soldiers managing the IDF’s technology and telecommunications systems.
“The teleprocessing system of the IDF stands out as one of the most advanced in the world,” Lt. Col. Azaria explains. “We need the best people there. That’s why we identify soldiers as young cadets – and train them the whole time they’re in high school – so that they’ll grow and follow the path of the Teleprocessing Corps.”
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