The Benefits of Joining the US Military

There’s never been a better time for a High School graduate to join the U.S. military. With the economy growing sluggishly and major overseas operations coming to a close, the opportunities in the military might be the best available to many young Americans.

The military’s a great choice even if you just look at compensation. It’s very hard to find a full-time job in many places. New enlistees make at least $1500 cash every month, many times just for being in training. In addition to the monthly salary, meals and housing are paid for. That housing often takes the form of a nice private or semi-private dorm room too, not just a bunk in an open bay. Meals are comparable to what you’ll get at the best hotels and all you can eat buffet lines. On top of spending cash, all the food you can eat and nice accommodations, you’ll see unpaid benefits that are worth big bucks. Healthcare, dental treatment, a free gym membership, tuition assistance, cheap groceries at the commissary and other fringe benefits add up to a compensation package that most recent High School graduates find hard to match.

Job training in a real career field is another fantastic reason to join the military. They don’t just teach you when to change the basket in the French fryer or how many pepperonis go on a large. You can get valuable training in almost every vocation imaginable. Look around where you work and think about the training available in order to advance in your career. Chances are, it’ll be nowhere near as thorough and expensive as the military’s.

Career advancement is swift and fair in the military. Within a few years, that initial $1500 monthly salary will approach or exceed $2000. With that extra compensation comes responsibility, authority and pride. You will quickly grow from being one of the troops; to being their leader. You’ll grow to be an experienced professional in whatever vocation you choose. What leadership opportunities are there where you’re working now?

If furthering your education is important to you, it’s hard to beat the Post 9/11 GI Bill. This US Military educational benefit pays for even the most expensive public college in your state of residence. If you wait until you separate from the service, they also pay a generous housing allowance while you’re attending college. The benefit lasts for 36 months, equal to 4 years of college not including summers. They even throw in $1000 a year for books and fees with extra funding available if you need a tutor. Stack that up against your current employer’s educational benefit.

The money and opportunity is hard to argue with. Pay, benefits, training and work experience are critical to gaining your independence. But perhaps the greatest benefit of joining the military is the sense of personal pride, growth and camaraderie you’ll get. Friendships made in service to your country are like the training and experience; they last a lifetime.

13 Responses to "The Benefits of Joining the US Military"

  1. olayemi olaoluwa  June 28, 2013 at 11:54 am

    How can i get the details of how to join d us mility job, as none indegin of united state of america.

  2. Edgar Muhebwa  March 1, 2014 at 5:14 am

    I wish to join the US army but am not American. Is there another way?

  3. larryf  March 4, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Sorry, don’t believe so without a green card. But to be sure, contact your local branch recruiter. Good luck.

  4. victor uk  April 14, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I wish to join the US military but I need help on how to join

  5. larryf  April 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    How do you need help in joining? Complete the online form or google the branch of service that you’re interested and call your recruiter. That simple.

  6. irvine  April 29, 2014 at 6:44 am

    i need to join us army but am not american please help am intrested

  7. larryf  May 4, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Hi Irvine, contact a Army recruiter via email or Skype. What country are you from?

  8. Alphonsus pius T  May 19, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I will like to joint america army but i am a nigerian. help me pls.

  9. larryf  May 26, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Sorry, but you have to be an United States citizen to join the us military unless you have a green card.

  10. Arthur Samuel kofi  June 5, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Please am I boy of 21yrs of age and am a ghanaian.Please I want to join the USArmy,I want someone to help me out join the USArmy please.I love the USArmy with all my heart.please am pleading.

  11. Jonathan Edward  June 20, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Am from Nigeria and have been aiming to join the Us army. So how do I go about the process.

  12. larryf  June 21, 2014 at 4:53 am

    Hi Jonathan, to join the army you may need a green card? Are you an US Citizen? Check out us army for more info. Good luck.

  13. Godwin  September 5, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    How will you join if you are not a citizen of USA

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