There are many different reasons to join the military, but some of the best reasons right now are the financial rewards that are available. In these hard economic times, it is a lucrative way to learn real world skills, to get paid while you earn, and to provide for yourself and for your family if you are married in a practical and meaningful way.
Financial benefits are both straightforward and also more subtle. There are the obvious benefits with pay, allowances, housing, medical care and military compensation. But there are also the more hidden benefits that come into play later.
These can include support from the Veterans Administration when you go to purchase a house in the form of loans that are guaranteed by the government.
Or, there are vocational programs in addition to the ample support provided those that wish to go to University or college, that will assist in getting apprenticeship and vocational training set up for those interested in pursuing a skill they have received training for, or to learn a brand new skill set they don?t have experience with previously.
With the world situation, there is also the benefit in real time of hazard, combat and special pay. If you are tasked to serve in a active conflict zone, you will earn a substantial benefit above your regular military pay, and you can choose to save this extra to benefit you after your tour of duty is up.