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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 115
2 Army: Frequently Asked Questions 4489
3 Army Service For Men 54165
4 Army Service for Women 22652
5 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 34340
6 Finding a Job After the Army 9371
7 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 33224
8 Army Service Programs 6924
9 Mechina Programs 5031
10 Composing your First Resume 5452
11 Volunteer Programs 23096
12 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 5333
13 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 7904
14 Getting By on Your Army Salary 3035
15 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 3164
16 Extension of Rights for Olim 16198
17 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 3470
18 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 12109
19 FAQ: Serving in Machal 3906
20 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 16324
21 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 7195
22 Basic Training in the IDF 24464
23 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 17463
24 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 9350
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 19879
26 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 8574
27 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 5121
28 Life After the Army 11928
29 Teens and the IDF 9955
30 Army Packing List for Women 8144

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