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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 353
2 Army: Frequently Asked Questions 5118
3 Army Service For Men 56456
4 Army Service for Women 23806
5 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 36054
6 Finding a Job After the Army 9605
7 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 34539
8 Army Service Programs 7532
9 Pre-Army Mechina Programs 5384
10 Composing your First Resume 5638
11 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 5636
12 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 8124
13 Volunteer Programs 24634
14 Getting By on Your Army Salary 3293
15 Extension of Rights for Olim 16699
16 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 3342
17 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 3729
18 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 12601
19 FAQ: Serving in Machal 4169
20 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 17955
21 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 7855
22 Basic Training in the IDF 25644
23 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 18065
24 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 9654
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 20654
26 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 8876
27 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 5285
28 Life After the Army 12400
29 Teens and the IDF 10216
30 Army Packing List for Women 8489

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