Entering any of the branches of the United States Army carries, in addition to salary, a series of benefits and, sometimes, succulent incentives. Through this BOB Search article about defense recruiting, we give the information about the benefits of joining the army.
Currently, they are 14 percent of the total number of active-duty military personnel, but the figure rises to 16 percent if only new recruits are counted.
And it is that the army in all its branches – Army ( Navy and National Guard), Navy (Navy), Air Force ( Air), Coast Guard (Coast Guard), and Marine Corps (Marines) – seems like a good alternative to carving out a future.
The benefits are for all members, although some specific ones may vary according to the branch in which they are admitted and are the following:
- Education. There are several paths that allow Army members to pursue university studies while they are an active part of the army or even if they are carried out within ten years after the end of their relationship with the army.
- Holidays. Both soldiers and officers can enjoy 30 days of paid vacation each year.
- Promotions. Once in the army, it is possible to advance in rank through promotions. The higher the rank, the higher the salary. Keep in mind that each of the military branches has its own system and that you can even call the ranks differently. However, the salary is the same for each level, no matter what it is called or if it is Marines, Navy (or naval), Air, Coast Guard, or Land.
- Medical and dental insurance. You are fully covered while on active duty.
- Recreation, Moral, and Wellness Activities. It is what is known as MWR, for its acronym in English. These are activities that are provided to the military and their families. The truth is that they are very varied and differ markedly between the different bases and the branch of the army in which it is served.
- Immigration. Serving in the army can have immigration benefits for the person who enlists and also for their relatives. For the soldier or officer, they highlight the possibility of acquiring citizenship by naturalization under advantageous conditions, if it is a permanent resident.
- Signing bonus, which currently has a legal maximum of $ 40,000. That is, in no case can it be greater than that amount. The Marines and the Air Force offer the least incentives to sign, and also the least. Only the army has offered incentives for the maximum legal amount.
Also, there may be supplemental bonuses. For example, in the army, you could qualify for an extra bonus for a maximum of $ 16,000 for joining in less than 30 days from the date of joining or a maximum of $ 8,000 for joining between the 31st and the 60th day after having signed.
One last word on this matter: if the entire period for which it was signed is not met, it is mandatory to return the amount corresponding to the time not served.
- Student loan payment. All services except the Marines and the Coast Guard provide the possibility of paying all or part of the student loans.
- Advanced rank or Advance Enlistment Rank for people who have college credits or have participated in programs like Junior ROTC in High School.
- Buddy Program, when two people of the same sex enroll together, they can be promised through this program that they will be together during basic training. Even if they subsequently train for the same job, it would also be done together.
- Split Option Program in the case of National Guard or Reserve, to extend basic training over time.
- Other benefits, such as bonuses for joining the reserve, re-enrollment in special occupations, enlisting after finishing high school, committing to serve two years in a row followed by another two years in the reserve, etc.