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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 110
2 Army: Frequently Asked Questions 4482
3 Army Service For Men 54125
4 Army Service for Women 22640
5 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 34292
6 Finding a Job After the Army 9369
7 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 33185
8 Army Service Programs 6916
9 Mechina Programs 5026
10 Composing your First Resume 5451
11 Volunteer Programs 23064
12 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 5326
13 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 7904
14 Getting By on Your Army Salary 3033
15 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 3162
16 Extension of Rights for Olim 16192
17 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 3464
18 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 12097
19 FAQ: Serving in Machal 3903
20 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 16289
21 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 7178
22 Basic Training in the IDF 24443
23 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 17453
24 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 9346
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 19868
26 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 8572
27 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 5120
28 Life After the Army 11923
29 Teens and the IDF 9952
30 Army Packing List for Women 8140

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