Frequently Asked Questions

Active duty and active reserves are eligible to participate in the Military Trip to Israel. FDD does offer the National Security Fellows Program (NSFP) for mid-career national security professionals that includes a trip to Israel. More information on NSFP can be viewed here

Those who are between the ages of 30-40 will receive priority consideration, but those who are slightly below and above the age range will also be considered based on their professional background.

We are glad to work with you to fill out the necessary paperwork. Please email [email protected] with specific questions.

Participants are required to attend two pre-trip and one post-trip meetings in DC, The meetings will take place in the evenings. Should you be available to be in DC for all of the relevant programming, your application will be considered. Please indicate in your application if you are not DC-based.

Yes! You are able to extend your trip dates for a fee (the airline charges for trip extensions). Please note that extensions are not always possible and are in no way guaranteed. The airlines place certain restriction on extensions and those rules govern any decision.

Some other rules for extensions include:

  • Extensions may not be made for 90 days past the date of departure.

  • The fee for extensions is paid upon your acceptance of the extension. All payments are final and are considered confirmation of your acceptance. There are no refunds for extensions (even if you do not travel), and any changes in extensions will be charged a separate extension fee.

  • Extensions are subject to availability on flights and in fare class. There may not be an extension available on the date you want. If there is an availability in a higher fare class, you may be given the option to accept the extension for a higher price.

  • Extensions are subject to limits which vary between airlines. In general, extensions may not be made for 90 past the date of departure, and in some cases a maximum number of extensions per group is enforced. FDD and Shorashim cannot guarantee the availability of an extension.

FDD has contracted a cell phone rental company with competitive rates. You will have the option of either renting a SIM card (for unlocked phones) or a cell phone.

Accepted participants will receive a participant directory and a trip agenda prior to the orientation meeting.

All hotel accommodations will  be double occupancy. We will do our best to accommodate rooming requests.

Participating in the pre- and post-trip programming is mandatory. We have found that these sessions greatly enhance the trip experience. Please note in your application if you have a conflict with the pre-trip or post-trip dates. We will consider circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

Participants will receive a number of books and other reading materials at the first orientation session.

If your question is still unanswered, please email [email protected].