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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 703
2 Army: Frequently Asked Questions 6075
3 Army Service For Men 60117
4 Army Service for Women 25617
5 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 38953
6 Finding a Job After the Army 10053
7 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 36951
8 Army Service Programs 8418
9 Pre-Army Mechina Programs 6184
10 Composing your First Resume 5965
11 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 6262
12 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 8449
13 Volunteer Programs 27040
14 Getting By on Your Army Salary 3631
15 Extension of Rights for Olim 17679
16 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 3576
17 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 4187
18 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 13471
19 FAQ: Serving in Machal 4559
20 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 20604
21 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 8667
22 Basic Training in the IDF 27320
23 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 19062
24 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 10287
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 22253
26 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 9465
27 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 5590
28 Life After the Army 13380
29 Teens and the IDF 10678
30 Army Packing List for Women 9057

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