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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 548
2 Army: Frequently Asked Questions 5663
3 Army Service For Men 58552
4 Army Service for Women 24785
5 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 37684
6 Finding a Job After the Army 9843
7 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 35902
8 Army Service Programs 7994
9 Pre-Army Mechina Programs 5787
10 Composing your First Resume 5819
11 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 5958
12 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 8295
13 Volunteer Programs 26023
14 Getting By on Your Army Salary 3475
15 Extension of Rights for Olim 17243
16 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 3458
17 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 3977
18 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 13085
19 FAQ: Serving in Machal 4376
20 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 19493
21 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 8269
22 Basic Training in the IDF 26582
23 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 18617
24 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 9992
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 21534
26 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 9209
27 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 5458
28 Life After the Army 12945
29 Teens and the IDF 10472
30 Army Packing List for Women 8794

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