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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 47
2 Army: Frequently Asked Questions 4240
3 Army Service For Men 53158
4 Army Service for Women 22178
5 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 33405
6 Finding a Job After the Army 9297
7 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 32645
8 Army Service Programs 6726
9 Mechina Programs 4940
10 Composing your First Resume 5407
11 Volunteer Programs 22520
12 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 5240
13 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 7834
14 Getting By on Your Army Salary 2913
15 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 3114
16 Extension of Rights for Olim 16102
17 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 3395
18 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 11956
19 FAQ: Serving in Machal 3806
20 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 15473
21 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 6927
22 Basic Training in the IDF 23932
23 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 17259
24 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 9300
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 19630
26 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 8482
27 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 5087
28 Life After the Army 11806
29 Teens and the IDF 9873
30 Army Packing List for Women 8048

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