Integrating Ethiopian-Israelis into Military and Civilian Society
Ethiopian-Israelis tend to have exemplary service records: 90% of Ethiopian-Israeli combat soldiers complete their full military service as opposed to 70% of combat soldiers from other populations. Despite these high completion rates, IDF research shows that soldiers from Israel’s Ethiopian community often don’t reach their highest potential within the army and struggle to gain access to the army’s array of challenging positions.
Through special training and orientations, the Amir Course seeks to better integrate Ethiopian-Israeli enlistees into the army, enabling them to access more challenging and influential positions in the IDF. Since a soldier’s military service can play such a critical role in his or her civilian life, the Amir Course is also an investment in these soldiers’ futures. The course improves their personal and professional development, providing these soldiers with the opportunity to pursue university studies, integrate into civilian institutions, build careers, and realize an improved quality of life.
In a study conducted from 2005 to 2006, the achievements of Amir Course graduates were compared with those of other Ethiopian-Israelis serving in the IDF. This study demonstrated that the vast majority of Amir Course graduates complete higher-level professional military courses and successfully integrate into the military system. This data indicates a significant improvement in the possibilities available to Ethiopian-Israeli soldiers.
- Since 2009, the Amir Course has helped approximately 3,500 Ethiopian-Israeli soldiers.
- Cost: $550 enables one soldier to participate in the Amir Course.
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"Thanks to the course and what I’ve gone through, I realized I wanted to do something meaningful in the army – to undergo commander training and become a commander and help other soldiers just as I was helped."
- Shoshana Fanta, Platoon Commander, Amir Course