The First session is to get to know you, understand your needs, and set expectations
The Second session includes practical tools, including interview simulations, and completing a questionnaire about your service preferences
Additional sessions will be held as needed
Interested in Counseling about Serving in the IDF?
For many potential recruits who are not Israeli native-born (e.g. olim, kids of Israeli parents, etc.), service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is unfamiliar and can even seem threatening. While most Israelis have family members (parents, siblings, and cousins) - who have served in the IDF and can advise about their service, non-native Israelies and their parents lack prior knowledge about the IDF, which can be quite daunting.
Service in the IDF can be challenging, but is also a unique and enriching experience. There are many personal milestones to be achieved – from entering the military, onto serving as a soldier and/or officer, through returning to civilian life upon completion of service.
Throughout these different stages, the need for good advice and an inciteful perspective, is often needed by both native and immigrant.
I offer a tailor-made service – focused, direct and purposeful - that includes personal guidance, practical tools and a sounding board, as you embark on your journey. I provide an understanding of “who’s who” within the military establishment, and help clarify your objectives.
Service for New Recruits
Clarifying your ambitions, and the options available to you
Help filling out the preferences questionnaire – explanation of the different roles, and understanding what would be most appropriate for you
Practical advice for dealing with the military system, options for courses, etc.
Mapping out different options
“Get to know yourself” – your abilities, values, resources
Help writing a resume
My name is Yifat Raizner. I retired from the IDF in 2019 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. I fulfilled a long ,military career in a range of positions in the field, as well as the General Staff. These roles involved command, instruction, training of senior leadership, strategic planning, and military diplomacy. Today, I work as a group facilitator, and provide coaching and career counseling. I have an MA in International Relations from the Hebrew University, which focused on diplomacy and mediation, and a certificate in group facilitation from Bar Ilan University.
I have an in depth understanding of the military system, and of the transition to civilian life upon completion. As a commander who trained dozens of soldiers and officers, I have extensive experience in providing personal and professional counseling. Counseling includes dealing with challenges, and understanding the military profession, as well as the opportunities available. Throughout my service, I supervised many immigrants who served as lone soldiers, and I am acquainted with the unique challenges they face in terms of language, culture, and personal identity.
How Does it Work?
Both prior to IDF service, and towards its end, young Israelis should prepare themselves for the transition to the next stage of their lives. The flood of information, and the wide range of options often generate feelings of confusion, difficulty making decisions, and even anxiety about the significant changes you are about to face. My counselling offers: