Congress started a program in 2003 to aid people who were wanting to get an education but who did not want to have a long commitment to the Unites States Military. It is called the Two Year Call year service. It’s a National program that is for a two-year enlistment, normally involving about a 15-month commitment after basic training and initial job training. It is a program that is intended to allow people to qualify for certain educational benefits without having to invest a long period of time in the military. It is also referred to as the National Call to Service program.
When it began Congress was very firm that they wanted all five services to offer the program but it would eventually work out to that only the Army really offered the program in any real vibrant or realistic form. Those that enlist in the Two year call for service program serve out another six years in either the active or inactive programs of the reserve forces. They do have an opportunity to sign up for a longer regular period of active duty enlistment at the end of their enlistment but most do not choose this option because they almost uniformly were seeking a short enlistment to start with. The five active duty branches of the United States Military were not very supportive of the two-year call for service, but the Army did offer the program.
Candidates and Army Recruits that are admitted to the program are able to sign up for the Two Year Call to Service Program and eligible to receive on of the following two bonuses:
-A educational allowance of 15,000 dollars over three years
-A 9,000 dollar educational allowance over one year.
-Student loan repayment for up to $18,000 dollars.
-A 5,000 dollar bonus after their enlistment and active duty commitment is up.
Participants in the national Call to service program cannot as a rule apply or participate in the Montgomery GI bill or its benefits, but if they choose to sign up for an additional period of enlistment that would qualify them for the MGIB. This is a popular program with Congress and many liberal members of both congress and the House, but the military branches dislike it because it does not give them Servicemembers for very long periods of usage.