The Shiluv Menatzeach program is designed to help integrate young people with disabilities into military service


Entire country
free of charge
Secondary area:

Young people with disabilities who study in the regular school system find themselves outside the standard track when their peers are drafted into the army.

  • The Shiluv Menatzeach program provides these young people with guidance and preparation beginning before before their drafts, through military service until their release.
  • The program’s model aims to create optimal conditions to allow participants to have a meaningful service and truly contribute to the IDF.

Program Stages

  • Preparation for Serviice:
  • Enlistees are guided through the IDF screening and volunteering process, as well as the preparations before serving, and are provided with assistance for meetings with the IDF.
  • The preparation includes group sessions held once every two weeks in the afternoon, which include hands-on activities such as survival, cycling, sailing, ropes and other outdoor activities.
  • During the preparation period, enlistees visit military bases, participate in a week of Gadna (military preparatory program for high schoolers) and meet with commanders and soldiers.
  • Guidance throughout the Military Service: Soldiers receive continuous personal and group support throughout their service in coordination with military personnel providing guidance to the volunteers from within the IDF.
  • Preparation for Release: Guidance in helping the transition to independdence through connecting the soldiers to various community services in the areas of employment, education and more.

Service Providers

Target audience and Prerequisites

  • The program is intended for youth from all over Israel who meet all of the following criteria:
    • They study in a regular high school and are in 11th or 12th grade.
    • They have physical, sensory (sight/hearing) cognitive decline or are on the autistic spectrum.
    • They are interested in performing meaningful service in the IDF and have received a military exemption or they have been designated for a regular draft.

How to Receive This Service

  • Those between the ages of 16-21 who are suitable for the program and are interested in participating can make contact in one of the following ways:

Please Note

  • Interested youth and their families are invited to contact the program with any questions, clarifications or requests regarding military service.

Government Agencies