My name is Zack, I am 23, from cold Upstate NY, and I hope to be joining the IDF on August (28th with Ulpan).
Just a quick question. According to a response I got back from the Ministry of Defense after my application, am I expected to just show up to Israel with the mentioned documents, and hope all goes well? I am wondering what the chances are of being denied, and what if anything I can do here to find out before finding out over there, and if there is anything else I need to do.
This is what they said:
If the details that you gave us are correct, it looks like you'll be able to start the process of joining the Mahal program.
Please come to Israel about 2 and a half months before the preferred enlistment date.
You should bring with you to israel a letter from a doctor that stating about your health condition, an original letter from a Rabbi saying that you are jewish and an original birth certificate. In addition, make sure that your passport is valid until at least one year after you'll finish your service.
When you will be in Israel call to my office at (removed number) and set up an appointment.
If you have any more questions, you are welcome to ask.
The Ministry of Defense
That said, I am working on my Hebrew via Rosseta Stone, and will be volunteering via Sar-el as much as possible prior to my enlistment.
I'm a big guy, but looking forward giving my service to Israel and to the challenge.
edit: Another question, and this may seem silly, but what language is the majority of your training in?
Just trying to get an idea for how it all works