Dear Friend of the IDF,
know your heart is with us in
Unfortunately, the next IDF enlistment date is after your 24th birthday (man) | 21st (woman) | 36th (physician).
As decided by the IDF, non-Israelis are eligible for enlisting only in the age brackets 18-23 incl. (men), 18-20 incl. (women), physicians until 35 incl. No exception is possible at this stage.
However, "older" Israelis (including new immigrants) are eligible for volunteering at practically any age. The first stop for "older" Israelis is the IDF Recruitment Bureau and Information Center (Lishkat Giyus and Katzin Hair). You have to visit in person. It should work (for Israelis only!), albeit sometimes only after being quite perseverant.
Information about Israeli citizenship and privileges for new immigrants: if you are Jewish or Zakai Aliya (one parent or grandparent is/was Jewish or your spouse is Jewish), contact the Jewish Agency Global Center or click here for the Global Center to contact you. Nefesh B'Nefesh is an excellent alternative (but provides personalized assistance for USA, Canada and UK citizens only, the website is available for everybody). In any case, the place for clarifying Israeli citizenship issues is NOT Mahal-IDF-Volunteers.org.
You can and should also take your place defending Israel on the
‘public relations front’. Today, wars and battles are often won or
lost on TV screens, in the minds and hearts of good people. Therefore, public
relations is no less important than planes and tanks. You could, for example,
volunteer to be a PR Ambassador of Middle-East-Info.org and explain to others
what it means for Israel to be the sole democracy in a region comprising 23 dictatorships (including 5 out of the world's 7 state
sponsors of terrorism and half of the world’s major terror groups). Of the 19 most repressive regimes in
the world, 7 are in Arab states and Iran. Arab regimes and
it should be stressed that these same Arab and Iranian dictators oppress their
own citizens, threaten
encourage you to fill out and submit the PR Ambassador Questionnaire and start supporting
On the Mahal-IDF-Volunteers.org website there are links to other popular volunteer programs in Israel.
Thanks again for your kind offer to serve in the IDF. Again, we greatly appreciate your desire to aid the State of Israel by serving in the IDF and hope we will be able to help you.