bureaucracy_2_3404286539MAZAL TOV!! Congratulations!! You have finished the army. What do you do now in order to receive many benefits that you deserve and desire? NO NEED TO BE FRIGHTENED BY THE BUREAUCRACY THAT IS ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE! Here are many of the necessary and easy steps a released soldier needs to take to receive all that he/she deserves.

Katzin Ha’ir – Town Major’s Office

After getting released from your respective base or the Lishkat HaGiyus (drafting office) at Tel HaShomer, the first place to go is to your closest Katzin Ha’Ir (town major). Here, you will need to getthree different documents printed out that are very worthwhile to bring with you to every eventual government office you will have to deal with. These three documents are:

  • Teudat Shichrur (Certificate of Release from the Army)
  • Teudat Chayal Boded (Certificate Being a Lone Soldier)
  • Teudat Sheirut Sadir (Certificate of Service in the Army)

Important Notes
**Even if you have had these documents in your hand in the past, it is vital to get new ones since they will have the end date of your service and therefore are more valid and updated for the processes you are about to partake in.**

**Every meeting that you end up going to, you should bring these documents IN ADDITION to whatever they request even if they aren’t specifically requested. It is better to be more safe than sorry in this situation.**

For a list of your local Katzin Ha’ir, click here.

Misrad HaKlita – Ministry of Absorption

The next thing that every released soldier who is an oleh chadash (new immigrant) needs to do is set up a meeting with his/her local Misrad HaKlita. At this meeting, you will change your status from being a lone soldier to being a regular civilian with the access to rights of an oleh chadash. You will receive a new sticker in your Teduat Oleh that entitles you to your rights as a civilian who is a new immigrant and it will stipulate when many of those rights expire as well. In addition, the stipend you were receiving from Misrad HaKlita will stop being deposited into your bank account. Here is a list of what you need to bring with you to this meeting:

  • Teudat Zehut (Identification Card)
  • Teduat Oleh (Certificate Being a New Immigrant)
  • Teudat Shichrur (Certificate of Release from the Army)
  • Teudat Chayal Boded (Certificate Being a Lone Soldier)
  • Teudat Sheirut Sadir (Certificate of Service in the Army)
  • Teudat Shichrur (Certificate of release from the Army)

Misrad HaBinui v’HaShikun – Ministry of Construction and Housing

After having gone to Misrad HaKlita and changed your status, the next place to go is to the Misrad HaBinui v’Hashikun. Here, you will change your status from being a lone soldier to being a civilian who is an oleh chadash and continue to receive a stipend of 223 shekels each month until you have been in Israel for 4 years. Here is a list of what you need to bring with you to this meeting:

  • Teudat Zehut (Identification Card)
  • Teduat Oleh (Certificate Being a New Immigrant)
  • Teudat Shichrur (Certificate of Release from the Army)
  • Teudat Chayal Boded (Certificate Being a Lone Soldier)
  • Teudat Sheirut Sadir (Certificate of Service in the Army)
  • Teudat Shichrur (Certificate of release from the Army)

Kupat Cholim – Health Insurance

During your service, your health insurance was completely connected to the army and you were only allowed to be treated within the army services. Now that you are out of the army, you must either return to your former company of health insurance or register for the first time if you went straight into the army after making Aliyah.

ALL RELEASED SOLDIERS ARE ENTITLED TO FREE HEALTH INSURANCE ON THE BASIC PLAN FOR ONE FULL YEAR FOLLOWING THEIR RELEASE.

** If you have never had health insurance before, you need to go to your local post office and register to be put into one’s system. You may choose from any health insurance. You must bring your:

  • Teudat Zehut (Identification Card)
  • Teduat Oleh (Certificate Being a New Immigrant)

** For those who have now re-registered or already were registered for health insurance, you need to go to your local merpa’ah (health clinic) of your respective health insurance. Here, you will be put into their system and be assigned a family doctor at this clinic. Make sure you choose the clinic that best fits your situation, because you can’t change your clinic’s location for at least 90 days following registration with a clinic. You must bring your:

  • Teudat Zehut (Identification Card)
  • Teduat Oleh (Certificate Being a New Immigrant)
  • Teudat Shichrur (Certificate of Release from the Army)
  • Teudat Chayal Boded (Certificate Being a Lone Soldier)
  • Teudat Sheirut Sadir (Certificate of Service in the Army)
  • Teudat Shichrur (Certificate of release from the Army)

Bituach Leumi – Social Security

Once you get out of the army, you need to register with Bituach Leumi and begin to set up monthly payments. In Israel, if you are working, your place of work covers your Bituach Leumi; otherwise, you must pay on your own. Released soldiers don’t have to start paying until the beginning of the month following their release. This means that if you are released on the 5th of a month or the 25th of the month, in both scenarios you will be required to pay starting on the 1st of the following month. You must bring your:

  • Teudat Zehut (Identification Card)
  • Teduat Oleh (Certificate Being a New Immigrant)
  • Teudat Shichrur (Certificate of Release from the Army)
  • Teudat Chayal Boded (Certificate Being a Lone Soldier)
  • Teudat Sheirut Sadir (Certificate of Service in the Army)
  • Teudat Shichrur (Certificate of release from the Army)
  • Teudat Shichrur (Certificate of release from the Army)

 

Ma’anak Shichrur and Pikadon – Release Bonus and Deposit

Every soldier, regardless of type and length of service, receives a bonus upon his/her release, aMa’anak Shichrur. The specific amount is based upon one’s type and length of service, meaning if one has served in Operational Status A+ for 3 years, he/she will receive more than someone who served in Operational Status B for 2 years. This should show up in one’s bank account on the 1st of the month following one’s release.

In addition, there is a direct deposit available for specific uses that every released soldier has an opportunity to use, a Pikadon. The specific amount is based upon one’s type and length of service, meaning if one has served in Operational Status A+ for 3 years, he/she will receive more than someone who served in Operational Status B for 2 years. The Pikadon must be used within 5 years. The possible things that a released soldier may use the Pikadon for are:

  • Purchasing a place of residence
  • Creating a business or joining an already existing business
  • Marriage
  • Studying for a degree