10 Reasons to Join the Army

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When you join the U.S. military and take the Oath of Enlistment, you promise to bear true allegiance to the nation, defend the Constitution both on foreign and domestic soils, and obey orders of the President and your commanding officers. In exchange for your commitment to serve and protect, the Army offers a variety of enlistment incentives, including financial, educational and career.

Compensation Package

  • While the Army bases pay on your rank and time in service, non-cash benefits make up about 60 percent of the total compensation package. You receive a comprehensive benefits package and a monthly allowance to help with living expenses if you live off base.

Job Security

  • The military offers job security in a poor economy when the unemployment rates are high. As long as you meet the enlistment requirements, the Army is always looking to recruit qualified individuals. You can choose to receive training from more than 150 different job opportunities available to enlistees.

Career Assessment

  • An Army recruiter considers your personal interests and Armed Forces Aptitude Battery test scores to determine if you qualify for enlistment and for what type of job you qualify. Even after you leave the military, the skills you develop from the ongoing job and leadership training opportunities the Army provides can be valuable assets as you seek employment in the civilian workforce.

Education Assistance

  • The Army provides educational benefits in the form of scholarships and tuition assistance. You can use some benefits while you are serving and others after discharge. Some educational programs provide monthly stipends to help cover your living expenses while you are attending school.

Education and Career Assistance for Spouse

  • Your spouse can receive help with education and a career through the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program. SECO provides tuition assistance, free career counseling, help in finding a career that fits military life, and assistance in obtaining the required training and licensing required for employment in a particular field.

World Travel

  • Whether you are stationed stateside or abroad, the military covers expenses for you to travel from one duty assignment to another. Military travel benefits also include space-available military flights to almost any location in the world to explore on your own time. The flight won't cost you and you can stay in lodging facilities at military bases when you travel.

Health Insurance Benefits

Life Insurance Benefits

  • It doesn't matter how old you are. As a member of the military service, low-cost group life insurance premiums allow you to buy death benefit coverage for up to $400,000.

Resilience

  • The Army builds resilience, especially when you are deployed overseas. The ability to think fast and come up with solutions under pressure helps develop problem-solving skills you can use throughout your lifetime.

Special Services

  • The Army makes a wide range of special services available to military families. For example, the Army offers money management services, affordable childcare services, and free legal consultations to its service members.

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