Academic commando 311.
(photo credit: GPO)
Peres, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar and
Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi launched the new
Academic Commando project at the President’s residence on Sunday.
Academic Commando program gives combat soldiers a free year of academic
studies at colleges in the periphery. 50 soldiers are already
participating in the program, in which they go through four months of
intensive studies that are equivalent to a year of college studies in
engineering, physics, computer sciences or chemistry.
ceremony, Peres praised Barak and Ashkenazi, saying “you dared to bring
totally new ideas into the IDF, and you are the first to turn it into a
first-class scientific army.”
“This step looks small today,”
Peres said, “but it is one of the greatest things the State of Israel
is doing, and is a necessary step in strengthening the IDF.”
In his speech at the ceremony, which the program's participants attended,
Barak said “we are taking a significant step towards the future,” and
called the soldiers “insurance and the guarantee of Israel’s
technological and scientific advantage.” Barak said the IDF hopes that
many soldiers will join the Academic Commando program and begin studying
for their BA during their military service.
The program is funded by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Defense and
the LIBI fund, and was inspired by a similar program run by NASA.