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In the Army Reserve, you may qualify for up to a $20,000 enlistment bonus, get money for college and repayment of your student loan.

Earn Extra Cash for Retirement

As a Soldier, you are eligible to participate in a 401(k)-type retirement savings and investment plan called the Thrift Savings Plan. And now the Army is offering a matching-fund program to qualified nonprior service recruits.

Active Duty or Army Reserve?
Initial Military Training

Learn the differences between serving on active duty or in the Army Reserve.

Benefits
BENEFITS & PAY

Basic Pay: Active Duty Soldiers

Basic Pay is your base salary as a Soldier on active duty. It counts for just part of your total income.

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Drill Pay: Army Reserve Soldiers

Army Reserve Soldiers earn Drill Pay while training on weekends and during full-time training events.

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Special Pay: For Special Duties & Skills

There are dozens of types of extra pay for Soldiers and officers with special skills or duties that carry extra responsibility or risk.

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Allowances: Covering the Cost of Living

In addition to salary and bonuses, the Army provides allowances for housing, meals and uniforms.

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Bonuses: Earning Extra Money

There are many opportunities for active duty and reserve Soldiers to earn additional money.

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