Ok. I know that there are folks on this site who are either interested in joining the military, or just interested in finding out more info. I decided that I would put this thread up to kinda give folks that boost they were looking for, and the info they want. All fellow military members feel welcome to post up info that can be useful to people on this site. Here's my tidbit to start.
Mind you, I am in the Army, so I can only give you my personal experience and knowledge on that.
-Up to $40,000 in for an enlistment bonus (at least until the end of this year)
-1 month paid leave every year
-Most holidays off under normal working conditions, and depending on location many 4-day weekends
-Pay raise every year
-Get to travel the world
-Your housing and food are paid for (pre-determined amounts based on rank and living area)
-Free college while you are in, and potential for more when you get out
-Free training in many fields that can be used outside the military
-Military experience looks GREAT on a resume
And the best thing that most people don't realize....It's just a normal job
-Most of the time it's just a normal 9-5....except with many more benifits
-over 150 different jobs to choose from
-many advancement opportunities
Basic Qualifications to join
U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien
17-41 years old
Healthy and in good physical condition
In good moral standing
High School or Equivalent Education
Some positions may have additional qualifications
Some of the BONUSES!!!
Civilian educational experience (if you already have this level of education when you enlist)
Qualified applicants who enlist for two or more years in any Army Military Occupational Specialty may receive one of the following bonuses for civilian education:
Associate or two-year degree—$7,000
High school graduates with 60 or more college semester hours—$6,000
High school graduates with 30 to 59 college semester hours—$3,000
Qualified non-prior service applicants who enlist for three to six years may receive one of the following bonuses for civilian education:
Associate or two-year degree—$3,000
High school graduates with 60 or more college semester hours—$2,000
High school graduates with 30 to 59 college semester hours—$1,000
Civilian skills bonus
Qualified applicants who possess civilian skills that the Army needs—such as proficiency in certain foreign languages, X-Ray certification or specialties in animal care—may be eligible for a $5,000 bonus.
Qualified Army Reserve applicants who already have civilian skills that the Army Reserve needs and enlist for six years in a critical skill specialty may be eligible for a $10,000 bonus.
Become an Officer
Soldiers who enlist for and complete Officer Candidate School (OCS) in an eligible Area of Concentration may receive the following bonus.
Up to $10,000 bonus payable upon successful completion of OCS training and commissioning.
Become a Warrent Officer and Fly
Soldiers who enlist for and complete Warrant Officer Flight School (WOFT) in an eligible Area of Concentration may qualify for a bonus of up to $10,000.
If you know a middle-eastern language
Individuals who speak certain Middle-Eastern languages and enlist as Translator Aides in the U.S. Army Individual Ready Reserve are eligible for a $10,000 enlistment bonus.
Become a Chaplain
Individuals who enter the Army Reserve to serve six years as a Reserve Troop Program Unit Chaplain may be eligible for a bonus of up to $10,000. The bonus is payable following the completion of the Chaplain Officer Basic Course, which must be completed within 36 months of commissioning.
Feel free to contact me in PM or in this thread if you think you may be interested.
SGT Pete Pelfrey
US Army Intelligence Analyst
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