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Lone Soldier Benefits

Wondering what benefits your child is entitled to?

From special flight home to enhanced salary
– all the Lone Soldiers’ Benefits in one place!

Tzabarnikim Timeline from A to Z

Garin Tzabar
  • Application
  • *
  • 1st Interview
  • by phone or Zoom.
  • *
  • Seminars
  • • 1st Seminar - Beginning of the process.
  • • 2nd Seminar - 1st Parents Conference (North America only).
  • • 3rd Seminar-Parents Conference and farewell ceremony.
  • *
  • End of Preparation Period
  • Admission to the program.
  • Time for packing, completing Aliyah process and gathering missing documents.

Garin Tzabar
  • Settling in Israel
  • • Arrival to Israel - Opening Ceremony.
  • • 1st Week - Settling in the Kibbutz and 1 on 1 bureaucracy.
  • *
  • Army Experience
  • • Gadna - Mock military experience.
  • • Tzav Rishon - Beginning of enlistment process.
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  • Educational absorption period routine
  • • Hebrew studies (Ulpan).
  • • Physical training.
  • • Israeli society and culture activities.
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  • End of absorption period
  • • Garin Declaration and pre-enlistment trip.
  • • Option to travel abroad before enlistment (subject to enlistment dates).

Garin Tzabar
  • Enlistment Day
  • *
  • Bootcamp (Tironut)
  • • Training: 2 to 6 months depending on the role.
  • • Oath of Enlistment Ceremony (HaShba’a).
  • • End of training Ceremony (Sof Maslool).
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  • Military Service
  • • Regular service.
  • • Special 30-day vacation (Meyuchedet) to fly home - after first year of service.
  • *
  • End of Regular Service
  • For non-officers and non-special units: 24 months for females, 32 months for males.

FAQ By Garin Tzabar Parents

Don’t worry, you are not alone! If you have a question, most likely someone asked the same question before you. 
We’ve put together some questions we usually hear from parents of Garin Tzabar lone soldiers. CHECK IT OUT:

The process starts with applying to the program, once your child applies, a Garin Tzabar team member will interview him/her and once everything checks out, will invite them to our preparation process

We have created a timeline that describes the whole process of Garin Tzabar in details – Check it out.

Well, women serve a minimum of two years, (32 months if they choose combat service). Men – between the ages of 18-21, serve 32 months; if they are between the ages of 21-22, they serve two and a half years. However, the exact amount of time changes from time to time according to the Israeli parliament decisions.

We have two sessions each year, a summer session and a shorter winter session. IDF service time varies according to gender, age and position and it is no less than two years.
Summer Session:

  • Preparation Seminars: January- June
  • Absorption Process: August- November
  • Enlistment: November- December

Winter Session:

    • Preparation Seminars: October-November
    • Absorption Process: December-March
    • Enlistment: March- April

For further information – check out the Garin Tzabar timeline

As part of the Garin Tzabar Support system, all of our accommodation is subject to the Ministry of Defense Standards.

Each apartment holds up to 4 participants dividing into rooms of 2 participants max.

All of our apartments are equipped with showers + toilets, single beds for each participant. wardrobe, desk, chairs, air conditioner, or heater-cooler.

In addition, each Garin has a Clubhouse (moadon) that includes a fully equipped kitchen.

Unlike some other housing solutions for Lone soldiers – Garin Tzabar apartments are private and no one uses the room or bed while your child is in the army.

Each Kibbutz has a P.O.B, to get the exact address, we advise you to contact the Kibbutz coordinator.

Lone soldiers are entitled to a special, 30 days vacation once a year, your child can use this vacation in order to fly home.

Once in a service period, the army will pay for your child’s air ticket to fly home.

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