• Garin Mahal Pre-Army Program

    The Garin Mahal Pre-Army Program is the ultimate pre-army preparatory program for lone soldiers drafting to the IDF. Enter the IDF with complete confidence and motivation to succeed!


    Garin Mahal introduced the first ever pre – army Program for lone soldiers in May 2010. Since it’s inception Garin Mahal has prepared mentally and physically over 700 lone soldiers from all over the world for the IDF.  The Garin Mahal Program is specifically designed to equip lone soldiers with all of the tools necessary to have a meaningful service and excel in the IDF.  All of the training is conducted in Hebrew which enables the pre-draftees to improve their Hebrew comprehension at a rapid pace.  GM provides a solid supportive network to the lone soldiers which assists them before, during and after the army.  At the end of the program participants are given the opportunity (if desired) to volunteer for an 18 month service in the IDF as Mahal Volunteers or Olim Hadashim.

    Important Information

    The Garin Mahal Program is an official pre – army program recognized by the Ministry of Defense of Israel. Mahal volunteers fulfill their requirement of attending a pre – army program upon completion of Garin Mahal.



    Program cost includes: Full room and board, intensive ulpan based on the dynamic immersion system, full contact krav maga (hand to hand combat) training run by counter terrorism experts, gibush (tryout) training including simulation gibushim for tzanhanim (paratroopers) and yom sayerot (the elite unit scouting combine) conducted by actual current IDF gibush testers, kosher kravi (combat fitness) run by special forces commanders, live fire arms and anti terror training at the leading counter terror and security training academy in Israel -Caliber 3, navigational training instructed by a formal navigational department head of an elite unit in the IDF , survival week led by officers from the IDF’s most elite units, trips to IDF bases throughout Israel, elite Israeli advocacy training which will give you the knowledge to defend Israel’s right to exist, lectures from Israel’s most prominent educators, and more!  Participants are responsible for arranging their own flights.

    Acceptance Criteria

    This program is open to young adult men from around the world who are interested in joining the IDF or would like to get a taste of the IDF before making their decision to serve. Acceptance in the Onward Israel Garin Mahal Pre – Army Program requires completion of the online application and an interview (via phone).

    Military style lodging located in the heart of Jerusalem.

    For More Information

    Visit the Garin Mahal site – garinmahal.com or contact Baruch Tretiak – baruch@garinmahal.com

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