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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 429
2 Army: Frequently Asked Questions 5335
3 Army Service For Men 57311
4 Army Service for Women 24203
5 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 36707
6 Finding a Job After the Army 9700
7 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 35110
8 Army Service Programs 7727
9 Pre-Army Mechina Programs 5537
10 Composing your First Resume 5720
11 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 5773
12 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 8187
13 Volunteer Programs 25175
14 Getting By on Your Army Salary 3374
15 Extension of Rights for Olim 16935
16 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 3385
17 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 3828
18 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 12786
19 FAQ: Serving in Machal 4251
20 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 18568
21 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 8020
22 Basic Training in the IDF 25995
23 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 18280
24 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 9770
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 21037
26 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 9010
27 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 5340
28 Life After the Army 12618
29 Teens and the IDF 10315
30 Army Packing List for Women 8605

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