A mechina, army preparatory program, is a year-long program for post high school Israelis and a selection of new immigrants and Jews from abroad committed to leadership development, volunteering, personal growth, learning and physical/mental preparation for the IDF. Mechinot encourage boys to join combat or elite combat units and/or become combat officers and girls to take meaningful jobs in combat, combat support, and also become officers. IDF service is not obligatory for non-Israeli participants.

We match new immigrants and Jewish youth (17-20) from abroad with our partnering army prep programs!

Participating Mechinot

Click to see which Army Prep Programs we work with!

Example Schedule

Click to view an example of a weekly schedule in Mechina

If you are interested in speaking with a representative about army prep programs, Email the IDF Coordinator for New Immigrants.