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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 297
2 Army: Frequently Asked Questions 4965
3 Army Service For Men 55944
4 Army Service for Women 23513
5 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 35651
6 Finding a Job After the Army 9533
7 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 34210
8 Army Service Programs 7383
9 Mechina Programs 5297
10 Composing your First Resume 5582
11 Volunteer Programs 24247
12 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 5552
13 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 8049
14 Getting By on Your Army Salary 3223
15 Extension of Rights for Olim 16537
16 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 3288
17 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 3657
18 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 12449
19 FAQ: Serving in Machal 4105
20 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 17528
21 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 7724
22 Basic Training in the IDF 25355
23 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 17898
24 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 9543
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 20410
26 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 8789
27 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 5227
28 Life After the Army 12266
29 Teens and the IDF 10135
30 Army Packing List for Women 8373

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