join the army Essay

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I retired from the Army last year July 1, 2004. After spending 23 years in the Army, I would encourage any young man or woman to join. The Army was a great experience, and I would do it all over again if given the opportunity. The benefits I received made it well worth the occasional sacrifice. Some of the benefits are full time employment, money for college, free health care, Learning new skills, and the pride of knowing you are serving your country. While in the Army I earned decent money, 30 days vacation a year, and was eligible for numerous benefits for my service. While on active duty in the Army I received what is called basic pay. I got paid twice monthly on the 1st and the 15th of each month. I have heard a lot of people complain…show more content…
I would venture to say not very many. Another important benefit the Army provides is educational benefits. The Montgomery GI Bill is available for active duty and veterans to help with education costs. The Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits for college, business technical or vocational courses. The veteran or soldier must be a full-time student enrolled in a regionally or Nationally Accredited college or university, and can get up to $1004 a month at the current rate to cover education benefits, including high-tech or vocational technical programs. It all adds up to a total benefit of over $36,000 and these benefits are increasing every year. The college loan repayment program can assist in paying off student loans. Soldiers on active duty can receive up to $65,000 for college loans. Soldiers in the Army Reserve can receive up to $20,000 for college loans. To take advantage of this program soldiers must enlist full time in the Army for three years or in the Army Reserve for six years. The Army also allows its soldiers to attend college while on active duty and pay up 100% of the tuition. The Army partners with over 1,600 community colleges and four-year universities, so its soldiers can attend college during active duty service. Another great benefit in the army is family medical and dental care at little or no cost. Soldiers and family members can receive
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