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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 300
2 Army: Frequently Asked Questions 4983
3 Army Service For Men 56005
4 Army Service for Women 23543
5 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 35696
6 Finding a Job After the Army 9537
7 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 34244
8 Army Service Programs 7398
9 Mechina Programs 5305
10 Composing your First Resume 5585
11 Volunteer Programs 24298
12 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 5563
13 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 8050
14 Getting By on Your Army Salary 3227
15 Extension of Rights for Olim 16547
16 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 3293
17 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 3662
18 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 12469
19 FAQ: Serving in Machal 4111
20 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 17583
21 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 7738
22 Basic Training in the IDF 25397
23 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 17918
24 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 9549
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 20445
26 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 8800
27 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 5233
28 Life After the Army 12280
29 Teens and the IDF 10145
30 Army Packing List for Women 8407

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