Israel - Armed Forces

Military branches:

Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Israel Naval Forces (INF), Israel Air Force (IAF) (2007)

Military service age and obligation:


18 years of age for compulsory (Jews, Druzes) and voluntary (Christians, Muslims, Circassians) military service; both sexes are obligated to military service; conscript service obligation - 36 months for enlisted men, 21 months for enlisted women, 48 months for officers; reserve obligation to age 41-51 (men), 24 (women) (2008)

Manpower available for military service:


males age 16-49: 1,717,362
females age 16-49: 1,636,574 (2008 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:


males age 16-49: 1,452,926
females age 16-49: 1,383,796 (2008 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:


males age 16-49: 60,602
females age 16-49: 57,532 (2008 est.)

Military expenditures - percent of GDP:


7.3% (2006)