Tzav Rishon

Your first encounter with the army is your Tzav Rishon. It is used to set your physical profile and kaba (quality score). The day will comprise of data verification, a personal interview (only for males who pass the Hebrew Test), 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 (draft office). 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 or Passport.

Data Verification: Imut nitunim (yellow station) 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, languages you speak, profession (if any), certificates and licenses, family problems, and individual needs including learning disabilities, religious levels etc. At this time you will be given a Hebrew level evaluation which will determine whether you will need to attend an IDF Ulpan or not.

Personal Interview: rayon ishi (red station) 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. If you do not pass the Hebrew test you will not be given this interview.

Medical Examination: vaada refuit (blue station) 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 or you have a tattoo.

Intelligence Test: mivchanim psycotechni. These tests are 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 (45 minutes 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.

Mador Prat (Individual Department) – to get your lone soldier status you must meet with a mashikat tash (social worker) who will take all your info and process it in order to get your status as a lone soldier. You can also give her your rent contract in order to get rent subsidy from the army when you begin your service. If you do not give it to her you can always give it to the mashikat tash in your unit. *Remember to ask for a sisma (code) for your kiosk ishi (personal file) that you can check all of your scores on the site Olim al Madim.

Kaban (mental health officer) 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.