Your first encounter with the army is your Tzav Rishon. It is used to set your physical profile and kaba(qualitative score). The day will comprise of data verification, a personal interview (only for males), a medical examination and various tests. Bring with you relevant doctor’s notes, graduation certificates, identification cards, etc. You will walk between different stations at the lishkat hagiyus. Once you are done with a specific station, a soldier will tell you where to go next. This whole process usually will not take more than a day. But it is a long day, so please bring food, water, book, and most importantly, your teudat zehut or passport.
Here you will be asked questions about basic information like personal information (and that of your parents), Your address and telephone number, educational background and years of study, Hebrew level evaluation, languages you speak, profession (if any), certificates and licenses, family problems, and individual needs (including learning disabilities, religious levels, etc.)
This is about trying to determine your motivation to be in a combat unit. Women who are interested in serving in a combat unit will be asked to a personal interview at a later date
The medical exam is to determine your physical profile. It includes a urine test, eye exam, height/weight, and a doctor’s visit. In rare cases you may be asked to take a blood test if the doctors feel that you may have a medical condition.
The Profile Scale (21 – 97)
21: Not fit for military service
But, you can volunteer, and have a semi-normal military service, without cadet training (a.k.a boot camp)
24: Temporary Profile
This means that at this point in time you are not fit for service, but that the status may change in a few months
i.e. you recently underwent surgery, or were in a car accident
45 or 64: Fit for non-combatant units
72, 82, 97: Fit for combat units
72: Artillery and Armory Units (i.e. Tanks)
82: Infantry (Nachal, Golani, etc.)
97: Infantry, Commando Units/Sayerot (Special Forces), Air Force
These tests comprised of quantitative reasoning exercises – Math, Shapes and reading comprehension. Based on your Hebrew evaluation, you will have the option to take the test in one of the following languages: English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Russian and Amharic. The non-Hebrew version does not have reading comprehension and is a significantly shorter test (1/2 hour compared to 2.5 hours). However, remember: to be in a unit which requires going through a course and non-physical training, you need to have a basic proficiency of Hebrew.
This determines what types of units you are eligible. It helps the army find the best job fit for your abilities. It is comprised of your educational background, test scores and personal interview (for men). You can see your score on your personal profile on the Olim al Madim website or contact the Rakaz Olim Chadashim.
You may be asked to see a mental health officer. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that the IDF thinks your crazy. Rather, if you have special needs (ranging from not speaking enough Hebrew, to learning disabilities, to high levels of religious observance), the army wants to watch out for you during your service. Even if you do not get called to see the Kaban but you feel the need to, you can make this request.