The Formal Education Program
Bridging Social Gaps through Education

The Formal Education Program seeks to increase opportunities for soldiers to complete 12 years of formal education and receive a high school completion certificate by the end of their military service, enabling them to finish their military service with a greater chance of success in civilian life.

Most civilian jobs and educational institutions in Israel require at least a high school completion certificate, making the Formal Education Program integral in giving a large number of soldiers the opportunity to finish their service on more even footing with their peers.

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    • The Formal Education Program allows soldiers to earn credits toward a high school completion certificate, following the Israeli Ministry of Education guidelines

    • Courses are offered to soldiers towards the end of their military service (after at least 1.5 – 2 years of service), and last approximately 5 ½ to 6 months

    • The soldiers must take at least 7 completion units and 3 matriculation units from the
      following topics:
      - Geography
      - Mathematics
      - Hebrew linguistics
      - Reading comprehension
      - English or Computers

  • Priority is given to soldiers serving in combat units and soldiers coming from families of low socio-economic status.
Approximately 90% of the soldiers in the program successfully earn their trade certificate by the completion of the program.

Formal Education strengthens the abilities of the individual and improves the fabric of community by helping to reduce social gaps, and creating a more educated and motivated segment within Israeli society.

  • In 2013, 705 soldiers completed 12 years of formal education thanks to FIDF.
  • Cost per soldier per course: $3,900
  • Cost per course: $97,500 for 25 soldiers


"We perceive formal high school education as a necessary tool for integrating and advancing in society and in military units. It is very important for soldiers to understand that like they give to the army, the army invests in them."

- Brig. Gen. Eli Shermeister, IDF Chief of Education Officer
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