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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 Army: Frequently Asked Questions 3204
2 Army Service For Men 48926
3 Army Service for Women 20254
4 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 30609
5 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 30296
6 Army Service Programs 5649
7 Finding a Job After the Army 8747
8 Mechina Programs 4059
9 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 4606
10 Composing your First Resume 5034
11 Volunteer Programs 19430
12 Getting By on Your Army Salary 2444
13 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 7392
14 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 2728
15 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 2937
16 Extension of Rights for Olim 14894
17 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 11158
18 FAQ: Serving in Machal 3326
19 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 13910
20 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 5917
21 Basic Training in the IDF 21824
22 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 16169
23 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 8578
24 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 17786
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 7927
26 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 4775
27 Life After the Army 10733
28 Teens and the IDF 9399
29 Army Packing List for Women 7436
30 Army Packing List for Men 10908