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Serving in the IDF

The experience of serving in the Israeli army differs from person to person, and can be - depending on who you are - daunting, exciting, challenging, inspiring, or all of these things combined. For new Olim, serving in the army is a means of successfully integrating into Israeli society, mastering Hebrew and learning cultural norms. Every Israeli citizen is obligated to serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF); service is mandatory for men age 18-25 and women age 17-20. The articles below provide in-depth information about the draft, rights and benefits for soldiers, Sherut Leumi (National Service for religious women) and more. If you have questions, please email: army@nbn.org.il
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1 Army: Frequently Asked Questions 3180
2 Army Service For Men 48798
3 Army Service for Women 20201
4 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 30518
5 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 30246
6 Army Service Programs 5604
7 Finding a Job After the Army 8728
8 Mechina Programs 4040
9 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 4587
10 Composing your First Resume 5025
11 Volunteer Programs 19320
12 Getting By on Your Army Salary 2434
13 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 7380
14 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 2718
15 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 2930
16 Extension of Rights for Olim 14862
17 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 11134
18 FAQ: Serving in Machal 3316
19 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 13887
20 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 5888
21 Basic Training in the IDF 21767
22 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 16142
23 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 8554
24 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 17730
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 7909
26 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 4766
27 Life After the Army 10700
28 Teens and the IDF 9384
29 Army Packing List for Women 7415
30 Army Packing List for Men 10888