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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 347
2 Army: Frequently Asked Questions 5109
3 Army Service For Men 56422
4 Army Service for Women 23778
5 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 36011
6 Finding a Job After the Army 9596
7 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 34513
8 Army Service Programs 7516
9 Pre-Army Mechina Programs 5371
10 Composing your First Resume 5631
11 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 5630
12 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 8115
13 Volunteer Programs 24589
14 Getting By on Your Army Salary 3283
15 Extension of Rights for Olim 16688
16 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 3332
17 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 3717
18 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 12587
19 FAQ: Serving in Machal 4160
20 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 17918
21 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 7840
22 Basic Training in the IDF 25625
23 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 18057
24 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 9641
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 20624
26 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 8861
27 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 5278
28 Life After the Army 12390
29 Teens and the IDF 10209
30 Army Packing List for Women 8478

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