Pre Army Programs | Mechinat Reut

Half Year Leadership Academy

Reut is a pre-army leadership academy for young adults from socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. The new mechina, housed on Kibbutz Yechiam, offers participants the study of Jewish and Zionist sources, volunteering, and classes that let them examine Israeli society. Unlike regular mechinot, the Reut program takes place over only six months, because family circumstances and other factors prevent many participants from investing in a whole gap year. At Reut, groups are kept smaller than at other mechinot in order to help participants use the group forum to meet personal challenges. Finally, Reut puts a particular stress on coaching participants to successfully transition to the army.