Most of these scholar-soldiers are engaged in active combat against the Hamas in Gaza, in the Golani, Givati and Paratrooper Brigades, as well as the Tank and Artillery Corps.
Hesder is a 5-year program which combines Torah learning with active military service in the IDF. A large portion of YBA students choose to enroll in these yeshivot following graduation high school, as a fulfillment of the Bnei Akiva ideals of "Torah Ve'Avodah" - leading a Torah-infused life while being a productive citizen of Israeli society.
The nine YBA Hesder Yeshivot are:
- Yeshivat Hesder Akko, Akko
- Yeshivat Hesder Hagolan, Hispin
- Yeshivat Hesder Hakotel, Jerusalem
- Yeshivat Hesdder Holon, Holon
- Yeshivat Maalot Yaakov, Maalot
- Yeshivat Hesder Neve Dekalim, Ashdod
- Yeshivat Hesder Or Etzion, Merkaz Shapira
- Yeshivat Hesder Shadmot Neria, Shadmot Mechola