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IAF Class Graduates, Including Fighter Pilot who had Tourette’s

IAF Class June 2013

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On Thursday, the latest class of 166 IAF (Israel Air Force) pilots will be graduating. Unlike previous classes, there will be no women graduating in this round.

54% of the graduates are from cities, 35% are from small towns, and 10% are from farm communities (moshavim).

35% are from the north (Tzefat being the farthest north), 61% in the center, and 3% from the south.

All the pilots had completed all the Bagrut (matriculation) exams, except one who completed his Bagrut tests during training.

Almost half the class did not immediately go to pilot school after completing High School.

Four of the pilots volunteered for a year of community service before joining the course. Five went to a military preparatory school for a year. Three spent a year in Hesder. And four others tried out different positions in the IAF first.

For 9% of the graduates, it was their second time taking the course before they graduated.

32% are the oldest child, 35% the middle child, and 29% the youngest. Only 3% were only children.

Ynet reports that one student (22) overcome some very difficult personal trials to become a pilot.

As a child, R. suffered from Tourette’s syndrome, including tics,outbursts, angry behavior, as well as hyperactivity and allergies.

Through a diet regiment and medication he overcame Tourette’s at age 13, and subsequently passed the army medical exam which determined he was healthy and qualified to be a pilot.
R. father told YNet, “The lesson is that you should never pass unquestioned what the medical establishment tells you. There’s a solution and it lies in correct nutrition.”

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6 Responses to “IAF Class Graduates, Including Fighter Pilot who had Tourette’s”

  1. Hans Polak says:

    They are the best of the best! Congratulations!

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Tourette’s syndrome story is quite incredible – kol hakavod.

  3. David Bonin says:

    you have to be kidding… an individual with Tourette is trained to be a pilot? had the IDF that many combat planes? It wants pople to be pilots., but shirks at jews who served in the US army in Vietr Nam etc because they are too old? A man can be 80 years old, but if he can fire a machine GUN, OPEREATE A FLAME THROWER OR IS AN EXPERT ON THE m-79 and can sustain better p]physical condition than a 45 uear old, may not serve in combat if he wants to? he may not be able to p[ass booth camp and make a mile in 8 minutes. why do it in 8 minutes and kill one enemy when he can kill 10 enemies by making it in 15.8? moslem in the IDF? what is going on here? are we becoming stupid or something? Ben Gurion , golda meir Itzhak Rabin , Allon… what is happening? let us get some common sense. I do nbot want to join the IDF for myself, for my grand CHILDREN , AND TO HELP INSURE THAT NO NATION WILL DARE TO HAVE ANPOTHER HOLOCAUST. J E W S WAKE UP;.

  4. Lloyd Bergner says:

    So few, doing so much for so many…Hashem be with the IDF…Bless them, their families and Eretz Yisrael…AMEN.

  5. Jonathan Uziel says:

    David Bonin – Wow! What a 'grate post'. But buddy, ya gotta work on your spelling – and your grammar – and your syntax!

  6. I am proud of evryone who is in the army, but specially a religious Pilot.

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