January 21, 2009
The Military Academies Program in Israel
The JINSA Military Academies Program in Israel is a two-week program for cadets and midshipmen attending the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The program builds bridges for future associations between the U.S. Armed Forces and the Israel Defense Forces. At each academy, participants are selected in a competitive process by supervising faculty and receive academic credit for the program.
During the course of the program, the cadets and midshipmen engage in activities and discussions with young Israeli military officers, highlighting the role of the military in democratic countries, and similarities and differences in officer development. In the process, they visit six IDF bases.
Their travel across the breadth of Israel is designed to allow the cadets and midshipmen to become familiar with Israel’s geographic realities, and includes stops at strategic locations where IDF officers provide in-depth briefings on the terrain and its impact on the security situation.
During their time in Israel, the cadets and midshipmen meet with experts from academia, think tanks, and the private sector to receive briefings covering a broad spectrum of subjects related to security, society, and contemporary life in Israel. They also learn about the Israel’s history and current events in the Middle East.
The program also includes activities designed to introduce the cadets and midshipmen to the many cultures that make up Israeli society, as well as visits to historic and religious sites.
To-date, over 400 cadets and midshipmen have participated in the program. Since its creation, MAP has grown and expanded to currently include three components, all designed to accomplish the program mission:
- Two programs in Israel.
- Visits and presentations to Academy campuses by Israeli military experts.
- Utilization of Social Media as a follow up to the trips to Israel.