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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 69
2 Army: Frequently Asked Questions 4318
3 Army Service For Men 53429
4 Army Service for Women 22297
5 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 33710
6 Finding a Job After the Army 9318
7 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 32801
8 Army Service Programs 6776
9 Mechina Programs 4962
10 Composing your First Resume 5418
11 Volunteer Programs 22658
12 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 5262
13 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 7852
14 Getting By on Your Army Salary 2948
15 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 3123
16 Extension of Rights for Olim 16128
17 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 3412
18 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 11994
19 FAQ: Serving in Machal 3844
20 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 15794
21 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 7002
22 Basic Training in the IDF 24103
23 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 17319
24 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 9306
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 19678
26 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 8509
27 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 5091
28 Life After the Army 11843
29 Teens and the IDF 9903
30 Army Packing List for Women 8071

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