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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 596
2 Army: Frequently Asked Questions 5790
3 Army Service For Men 59029
4 Army Service for Women 25023
5 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 38114
6 Finding a Job After the Army 9896
7 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 36212
8 Army Service Programs 8113
9 Pre-Army Mechina Programs 5900
10 Composing your First Resume 5868
11 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 6050
12 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 8346
13 Volunteer Programs 26307
14 Getting By on Your Army Salary 3524
15 Extension of Rights for Olim 17380
16 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 3490
17 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 4048
18 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 13194
19 FAQ: Serving in Machal 4433
20 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 19827
21 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 8379
22 Basic Training in the IDF 26792
23 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 18773
24 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 10082
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 21782
26 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 9296
27 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 5502
28 Life After the Army 13074
29 Teens and the IDF 10530
30 Army Packing List for Women 8870

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