There are many excellent benefits to joining the Army, which we discuss in detail below:
- Career Enhancement
Military service is an excellent way to gain valuable work experience and travel around the world.
The Army provides many excellent education benefits. View the complete listing in the Army Education Benefits section.
- Army College
Fund - ACF
The Army College Fund is an enlistment incentive that adds to the monthly payout for the GI Bill.
Loan Repayment Program - CLRP
The College Loan Repayment Program is an enlistment incentive that pays up to $65,000 of student loans.
Training to College Credits
Many of the training courses in the Army translate into college credit, such as basic training. Learn how to capitalize on your military experience and get closer towards a degree.
- GI Bill
The GI Bill is a wonderful opportunity to obtain your college degree, technical certificate, or apprenticeship/on-the-job training.
GI Bill - MGIB
The Montgomery GI Bill was largely supplanted by the Post 9/11 GI Bill although there are situations in which it proves more beneficial.
9/11 GI Bill
The Post 9/11 GI Bill was passed by Congress in 2008, substantially improving upon the shortfalls of the Montgomery GI Bill.
9/11 GI Bill Cuts Looming!
Protect your new GI Bill from cuts. Legislation in Congress is threatening to reduce payments for tuition and fees, among other cuts to the newly established Post 9/11 GI Bill.
Tuition and Fees Payout by State
The new gi bill pays up to the most expensive undergraduate tuition and fees charged by a public university or college in a given state. View the payout rate table here.
The Yellow Ribbon Program allows schools to provide additional tuition reimbursement which is matched by the department of Veterans Affairs.
- Post 9/11 GI Bill Cuts Looming!
- Army Tuition
The Army Tuition Assistance Program covers tuition costs for soldiers on active duty up to a maximum of $4,500 each fiscal year.
- Enlistment Bonuses by MOS for 2011
Some Army jobs are identified as critical fill and offer cash bonuses simply for joining the Army with that MOS. See the current MOSs offering bonuses here.
- Army Laser
Eye Surgery Program
The Army provides free laser eye surgery (PRK and/or LASIK) for many soldiers under the Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program (WRESP).
- Leave and
Passes (Paid Days Off)
Army personnel accrue 30 days of paid leave each year and can request pass privileges.
Retirement Pay System
The military retirement system allows you to draw retirement pay after 20 years of service.
- Thrift Savings
Plan - TSP
The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a government sponsored retirement plan similar to a 401K, allowing soldiers to easily put money away for retirement.
Health Care Program
TRICARE provides extensive health care coverage for soldiers and their families.
Group Life Insurance - SGLI
Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) provides life insurance coverage up to a maximum of $400,000.