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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 Knowing Your Health Rights During IDF Service 571
2 Army: Frequently Asked Questions 5714
3 Army Service For Men 58739
4 Army Service for Women 24879
5 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 37846
6 Finding a Job After the Army 9861
7 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 36028
8 Army Service Programs 8048
9 Pre-Army Mechina Programs 5821
10 Composing your First Resume 5837
11 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 5993
12 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 8316
13 Volunteer Programs 26138
14 Getting By on Your Army Salary 3491
15 Extension of Rights for Olim 17286
16 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 3467
17 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 3996
18 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 13128
19 FAQ: Serving in Machal 4394
20 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 19632
21 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 8310
22 Basic Training in the IDF 26665
23 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 18689
24 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 10029
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 21640
26 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 9240
27 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 5476
28 Life After the Army 13000
29 Teens and the IDF 10496
30 Army Packing List for Women 8818

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