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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 548
2 Army: Frequently Asked Questions 5669
3 Army Service For Men 58576
4 Army Service for Women 24788
5 Chayal Boded (Lone Soldier) Benefits 37699
6 Finding a Job After the Army 9843
7 Joining the Israeli Army – Tzav Rishon (First Notice) and Drafting 35917
8 Army Service Programs 7997
9 Pre-Army Mechina Programs 5789
10 Composing your First Resume 5820
11 Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) for Singles 5960
12 Choosing a Career - Online Resources 8296
13 Volunteer Programs 26033
14 Getting By on Your Army Salary 3477
15 Extension of Rights for Olim 17251
16 Job Seeking Resources - Hebrew 3458
17 Army Preparation Courses for Olim Chadashim 3981
18 Yom Giyus (Draft Day) 13088
19 FAQ: Serving in Machal 4377
20 Machal - Volunteers in the IDF 19496
21 Nefesh B'Nefesh-Sar-El Army Volunteers 8271
22 Basic Training in the IDF 26587
23 Useful Military (IDF) Terms 18622
24 Bikur Rofeh Health Clinics for Off-Duty Soldiers 9994
25 Sherut Leumi (National Service) 21540
26 Sherut Leumi (National Service) FAQ 9213
27 Signing Up for Sherut Leumi in High School 5459
28 Life After the Army 12957
29 Teens and the IDF 10476
30 Army Packing List for Women 8798

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