Army Service in Israel

Army Service in Israel

As of July 1st, 2014, the laws regarding army service for men making Aliyah to Israel have changed.

Israeli soldiers training in the field

Israeli soldiers training in the field

According to studies conducted in the Israeli army the shortened 3 month program called “Shlav Bet” was not successful in making soldiers ready or useful. With recent failures such as those seen in the second Lebanon war, the army has decided to make service length decisions based on numerous dates, such as the date of Aliyah and the date of birth. They will also take into consideration family status. By increasing the length of service the Israeli Army hopes to train soldiers to be more capable of answering their growing needs.

The chart below details the new mandatory military service requirements that have gone into place since July 1st, 2006. If you are a doctor or dentist see the comments below regarding your army service.

Age of Aliyah Profile Single Married Married with kids
18-19 31-97 30 months 18 months Exempt
20-21 65-97 24 months 6 months Exempt
20-21 31-64 24 months 6 months Exempt
22-25 65-97 6 months 6 months Exempt
22-25 31-64 on hold on hold Exempt
26-29 31-97 on hold on hold Exempt
Over 30 Exempt Exempt Exempt

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30 months 18 months Exempt

20-21 65-97 24 months 6 months Exempt

20-21 31-64 24 months on hold Exempt

22-25 65-97 6 months 6 months Exempt

22-25 31-64 on hold on hold Exempt

26-29 31-97 on hold on hold Exempt

Over 30 Exempt Exempt Exempt

*Age of Aliyah – Can also be the date you first came to Israel. For example, someone who comes as a student and after a year of studying decides to become an Israeli citizen. The army will start counting the day the student first arrived in Israel.

Doctors – Until the age of 32 are required to serve 18 months in the Israeli Army with compensation.

Dentists – Until the age of 29 are required to serve 18 months in the Israeli Army with compensation.

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