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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 3210
2 Army Service For Men 48949
3 Army Service for Women 20264
4 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 30628
5 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 30319
6 Army Service Programs 5656
7 Finding a Job After the Army 8750
8 Mechina Programs 4066
9 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 4610
10 Composing your First Resume 5038
11 Volunteer Programs 19445
12 Getting By on Your Army Salary 2446
13 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 7392
14 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 2729
15 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 2939
16 Extension of Rights for Olim 14899
17 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 11164
18 FAQ: Serving in Machal 3327
19 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 13916
20 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 5919
21 Basic Training in the IDF 21843
22 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 16172
23 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 8582
24 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 17797
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 7933
26 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 4778
27 Life After the Army 10742
28 Teens and the IDF 9406
29 Army Packing List for Women 7440
30 Army Packing List for Men 10915