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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 428
2 Army: Frequently Asked Questions 5328
3 Army Service For Men 57279
4 Army Service for Women 24188
5 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 36689
6 Finding a Job After the Army 9698
7 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 35076
8 Army Service Programs 7722
9 Pre-Army Mechina Programs 5531
10 Composing your First Resume 5715
11 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 5771
12 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 8186
13 Volunteer Programs 25148
14 Getting By on Your Army Salary 3369
15 Extension of Rights for Olim 16928
16 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 3385
17 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 3824
18 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 12780
19 FAQ: Serving in Machal 4245
20 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 18547
21 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 8007
22 Basic Training in the IDF 25979
23 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 18268
24 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 9758
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 21011
26 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 9001
27 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 5335
28 Life After the Army 12605
29 Teens and the IDF 10310
30 Army Packing List for Women 8596

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