An oleh (except for doctors and dentists) that served required service in a foreign army and is required to serve in the IDF is eligible for a shortened service. This shortened service will be based upon the following criteria:

  1. Foreign_Army_5_2912324623An oleh that served in a foreign army for a time period of 18 months or less, the time from his/her service in a foreign army will be deducted from the time he/she is required to serve in the IDF and the remaining sum of service that he/she must serve in the IDF will be no shorter than 6 months.
  2. An oleh that served in a foreign army for a time period of more than 18 months, the time from his/her service in a foreign army will be deducted from the time he/she is required to serve in the IDF and the remaining sum of service that he/she must serve in the IDF will be shortened to 6 months.

Please Note

A shortened service in the IDF following a service in a foreign army is conditionally based on approval by a special committee at the Lishkat HaGiyus and the proof of documents (translated by notary) testifying one’s service in a foreign army.

Service in a foreign army that took place before the age of 18 will not be recognized.

Recognition in a Foreign Army for Doctors/Dentists

  1. An oleh who is a doctor/dentist who served in a foreign army for more than 18 months will serve 6 months of regular service under the conditions/payments of a permanent/career soldier.
  2. An oleh who is a doctor/dentist who served in a foreign army for less than 18 months, the time of his/her service in a foreign army will be deducted from the time he/she is required to serve in the IDF and the remaining sum of service that he/she must serve in the IDF will not be reduced to less than 6 months.