In general, around age 17, an initial draft notice is sent to anyone who is designated for national military service (משל"ב).
- The National Insurance Institute sends the IDF medical information about those who are designated for national military service that impacts the drafting process and service track.
- There are 3 types of letters that those who are designated for national military service and are on the autistic spectrum may receive:
- A summons to a medical committee in which the draftee is present
- A summons to a medical committee without the draftee present
- A notification of an automatic exemption
- For more information and details about a pilot program in which there is an exemption before the initial draft order see the ALUT website.
The Process of Requesting an Exemption
- Every initial draft notice will include the address of the recruitment office to which the draftee belongs. The following documents must be sent to this office:
- The draftee's autism diagnosis
- An up-to-date letter from a doctor confirming the diagnosis
- A summary of the National Insurance Institute decisions
- A summary of the placement committee
- A letter detailing the exemption request with an attached in absentia process request and details including: full name of the draftee, identification number, parents’ information, telephone etc.
- A response will be sent to the parents requesting approval to perform the process in absentia but the official exemption will not be granted until the draftee turns 18 years old.
- If it is decided to conduct the process in the presence of the draftee, he/she will be ordered to appear before a medical review board.
- Parents are not automatically invited to the committee.
- If the parents wish to be present at the medical review board, they must submit a request to the relevant recruitment office.
- The official exemption document does not indicate that the specific reason exemption was granted was due to mental health.
- After exemption has been granted, it is still possible to serve in the IDF as a volunteer in conditions adapted to various disabilities. See also details about the program "Seeing Far"- vocational training for youth on the autistic spectrum.
- There is also an option to perform national civil service as a volunteer.
- Very high functioning individuals on the autistic spectrum may get a profile of 45 (due to mental impairment) and are able to draft through the mandatory service route.
- The initial information for this page is based on the ALUT website.
- Original translation performed by The Shira Pransky Project as part of a grant from The Fellowship Fund.