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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 596
2 Army: Frequently Asked Questions 5789
3 Army Service For Men 59027
4 Army Service for Women 25023
5 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 38111
6 Finding a Job After the Army 9894
7 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 36211
8 Army Service Programs 8113
9 Pre-Army Mechina Programs 5898
10 Composing your First Resume 5867
11 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 6049
12 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 8346
13 Volunteer Programs 26305
14 Getting By on Your Army Salary 3524
15 Extension of Rights for Olim 17380
16 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 3490
17 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 4048
18 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 13194
19 FAQ: Serving in Machal 4433
20 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 19823
21 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 8378
22 Basic Training in the IDF 26790
23 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 18771
24 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 10082
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 21780
26 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 9294
27 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 5502
28 Life After the Army 13074
29 Teens and the IDF 10529
30 Army Packing List for Women 8870

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