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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 3156
2 Army Service For Men 48724
3 Army Service for Women 20168
4 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 30463
5 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 30219
6 Army Service Programs 5570
7 Finding a Job After the Army 8713
8 Mechina Programs 4012
9 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 4564
10 Composing your First Resume 5017
11 Volunteer Programs 19233
12 Getting By on Your Army Salary 2423
13 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 7366
14 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 2706
15 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 2914
16 Extension of Rights for Olim 14830
17 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 11114
18 FAQ: Serving in Machal 3306
19 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 13863
20 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 5862
21 Basic Training in the IDF 21722
22 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 16118
23 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 8515
24 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 17684
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 7889
26 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 4750
27 Life After the Army 10679
28 Teens and the IDF 9370
29 Army Packing List for Women 7398
30 Army Packing List for Men 10874