Joining the United States Army in modern times results in more advantages than any time in our countries history. The pay and benefits are good, and there are advantages that the modern soldier has that were not even considered decades ago. The kind of benefits and amount that you have can be variable; there are special pay and allowances for certain circumstances or some jobs because of special skills or especially dangerous positions. The pay and benefits that you will receive as an Army Servicemember are hard to duplicate in the civilian world with a career or job. The Army has come to realize that the most important asset that it has is its people and Army personnel are the finest in the world, second to none. The Army feels it’s important to keep morale high for military readiness, and to encourage retainment and re enlistment.
There are many different types of benefits, and some of these benefits include:
Health Care: When you enlist in the Army you are eligible for coverage for yourself, your spouse, and all of your dependents. This coverage alone can be very expensive, and it is available free for the Servicemember and at a very low cost for military dependents. It is medical coverage that is specifically designed to provide full coverage for your dependents, yourself, your entire military family.
Vacation and Leave Time: It is a fact that anyone that enlists in the Army, or any of the Armed Forces is given time off each year. You start off with four weeks of leave with pay a year, many civilian jobs don’t offer that much your first year, but it begins from the very first year you are enlisted, 30 days off with full military pay and allowances. This goes not only for the Army, but its fellow Armed Forces. You can take off to anyplace you want for your vacation with your family knowing you receive full pay for the month you are gone.
Education: The Army has full Tuition Assistance for active duty Servicemembers as well as various programs to assist with getting an education while you are on active duty. You can invest in the Montgomery GI Bill and receive generous benefits for college after you separate from military service, as well as choosing to participate in a higher level with the Top Up program which can increase your MGIB benefits by as much as $5,400 dollars.