Volunteering for those medically unfit
Candidates for army service who were deemed unfit for army service because of medical reasons are permitted to volunteer for regular service, after receiving approval from a physician recognized by the army.
You will be a regular soldier except for two main things:
- Your health coverage will not be covered by the army, but by your regular health provider.
- Your length of service; you will only be required to serve 18 months, and sometimes up to two years.
The volunteer applications are submitted at the regional draft board, at Mador Prat (a division of the draft board), which is located at your regional Lishkat Hagiyus (Regional Draft Board).
You can start this process by getting in touch with the Rakaz Olim Chadashim (Coordinator for New Immigrants) at Lishkat Giyus (Regional Draft Board) Tel Hashomer.
Volunteering if arrived in Israel at age 26+ for males and age 20+ for females
If you arrived in Israel at age 26 or later for males and age 20 or later for females, you are exempt from IDF service.
However, you may make a special request to volunteer. To do so, you need to write a personal letter explaining why you want to volunteer. In this letter, you should include your name, teudat zehut number, where you made Aliyah from, where you live, what you do in your life and why you would like to volunteer for the IDF.
If you live in the Merkaz, you can fax this request to the Rakaz Olim Chadashim (Coordinator for New Immigrants) at the Lishkat Giyus Tel Hashomer (Recruitment Center at Tel Hashomer). Following making this request, you will be invited for an interview at the Lishkat Hagiyus.
Volunteering without obtaining Israeli citizenship
If you would like to volunteer for the IDF and do not intend on making Aliyah, then you can sign up for the program Machal.