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Perks & Incentives

As an active service member in the Army, you and your family members can enjoy exclusive financial benefits and many other special perks.

Beyond Your Benefits Package

Whether you’re on-base or off-base, taking advantage of the variety of discounts offered to members of the Army can help you save on everyday needs, which means you get to keep more of your paycheck.

On-Base Savings

When you’re shopping on-base, taking care of your everyday needs will save you time and money.

Groceries

Shopping at the Army’s grocery store on-base is one of the best cost-saving ways to get your everyday essentials. Find the same products and brands you would in the civilian world, but for a lot less.

Shopping

The Post Exchange (PX) is the convenient go-to shop on-base (or online) for tax-free purchases of everyday items like food, clothes, and toiletries. You’ll also have access to other privately-owned services on-base, like barber shops, beauty salons, and locations to purchase flowers.

Car & Auto Repair

You can save on car repair and basic maintenance by using the self-service Army Automotive Skills Centers located on-base, where space, equipment, and guidance are provided to help you. Privately-owned car maintenance services and shops are also often available on-base.

Banking

You can find full-service banks or credit unions on almost every Army base, which offer ATMs, auto loan financing, and more.

Entertainment

You can enjoy concerts, comedy shows, musical performances, dance performances, and other special events for free on-base, including specially-scheduled performances from popular touring acts.

Legal Services

Every Army post has a Legal Assistance Center where you can get free walk-in services. Services include personal legal matters, contracts, lease and tax preparation, filing, and more.

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Off-Base Savings

To support those serving, many companies choose to provide special military discounts. You can get discounted products and services for the following:

  • Cell phone plans
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Car rentals and other travel reservations
  • Concerts, movies, and entertainment

EXCLUSIVE VACATION PERKS

Ready for some rest and relaxation? Make sure to save money wherever you go.

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Experience the World at Military Resorts

When you serve, you’ll have access to the Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC), which are beautiful resorts around the world available exclusively to Soldiers and their families. You can expect the same quality experiences as you would find at other resorts, but the cost of the vacation will be based on your rank and pay grade, making it much more affordable than other stays.

Financial Perks to Plan for Your Future

Aside from recreational perks and everyday savings, the Army also offers a variety of financial perks to not only ease the strain on your wallet, but help you feel financially secure in your future.

Tax Deductions

When you serve in the Army, there are special tax breaks for you. Certain rules apply to deductions or credits that you may be able to claim that can lower your taxes.

Savings Accounts

Save money on investing and save for your retirement through the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), the government’s version of a 401(K).

Financial Classes

Learn how to eliminate debt and manage your money wisely with classes on money management, financial planning, and insurance and consumer counseling.

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TALK TO A RECRUITER

Don’t worry, there’s no obligation if you reach out.

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Here's What Happens Next

  1. You'll receive an email confirming your request

  2. We'll provide additional information about next steps

  3. You'll work with us to decide whether the Army is right for you

Questions you may have right now

Who will reach out to me?

One of our recruiters will either call or email you to set up time to talk.

Who will reach out to me?

One of our ROTC recruiters will either call or email you to set up time to talk.

What will you ask me?

Our conversation will likely begin with some basic qualifying questions, like your age and education level. From there, the conversation will be about getting to know you and your goals for the future. Expect us to ask about your interests and skills so we can suggest Army jobs that might interest you.

How can I prepare for the conversation?

While we'll ask you questions, this is your opportunity to ask some of your own. Here are a couple to get you started:

How can the Army help me pay for college?

Do I have to go to Basic Training?

How can I prepare for the conversation?

While we'll ask you questions, this is your opportunity to ask some of your own. Here are a couple to get you started:

How can the Army help me pay for college?

What is the time commitment for part-time service?

How can I prepare for the conversation?

While we'll ask you questions, this is your opportunity to ask some of your own. Here are a couple to get you started:

Can the Army help me pay for medical school?

Do I have to go to Basic Training?

How can I prepare for the conversation?

While we'll ask you questions, this is your opportunity to ask some of your own. Here are a couple to get you started:

How do I apply for ROTC scholarships?

How do I join ROTC at the college I want to attend?

Will I be expected to join if I talk to someone?

No. Our goal is to answer your questions and help you decide if the Army is a good option for you. We understand you may not be ready to join yet, or that we may not be the right fit, and that's fine. There's no obligation for talking to us.

Thanks for reaching out,

Here's What Happens Next

  1. You'll receive an email confirming your request

  2. We'll provide additional information about next steps

  3. You'll work with us to decide whether the Army is right for you

Questions you may have right now

Who will reach out to me?

One of our recruiters will either call or email you to set up time to talk.

What will you ask me?

Our conversation will likely begin with some basic qualifying questions, like your age and education level. From there, the conversation will be about getting to know you and your goals for the future. Expect us to ask about your interests and skills so we can suggest Army jobs that might interest you.

How can I prepare for the conversation?

While we'll ask you questions, this is your opportunity to ask some of your own. Here are a couple to get you started:

Do I qualify to join the Army?

Can I join as an Officer?

How can I prepare for the conversation?

While we'll ask you questions, this is your opportunity to ask some of your own. Here are a couple to get you started:

Do I qualify to join the Army?

Can I join as an Officer?

How can I prepare for the conversation?

While we'll ask you questions, this is your opportunity to ask some of your own. Here are a couple to get you started:

What type of health care jobs are available in the Army?

Can the Army help me pay for medical school?

How can I prepare for the conversation?

While we'll ask you questions, this is your opportunity to ask some of your own. Here are a couple to get you started:

Can I join ROTC at my age

Can I join as an Officer?

Will I be expected to join if I talk to someone?

No. Our goal is to answer your questions and help you decide if the Army is a good option for you. We understand you may not be ready to join yet, or that we may not be the right fit, and that's fine. There's no obligation for talking to us.

Thanks for reaching out, .

We admire you for considering such a big career decision at your age. Unfortunately, we're unable to directly reach out to you until you are at least sixteen years old and a junior in high school. However, the following ROTC info is something that may interest you now.

Questions you may have right now

How old do I have to be to serve in the Army full-time?

To become an enlisted Soldier, you must be 17 years old. To become an Army Officer, you must be at least 18 years old and have a college degree obtained either through ROTC, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, or from another college or university program. Learn more about Army Eligibility Requirements and how to receive Officer training while in college.

How can the Army help me pay for college?

There are a variety of options available to help you pursue education with flexibility, such as ROTC programs, the GI Bill, and other programs that help pay for college tuition, trade school, technical school, or trainings. View all of the Education Benefits available to you

How do I apply for ROTC Scholarships?

Army ROTC has several scholarships available for college-bound high school students. Review your options at ROTC Scholarships, or immediately apply by creating an account at my.goarmy.com to get started.

How old do I have to be to serve in the Army part-time?

To become an enlisted Soldier, you must be 17 years old. To become an Army Officer, you must be at least 18 years old and have a college degree obtained either through ROTC, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, or from another college or university program. Learn more about Army Eligibility Requirements and how to receive Officer training while in college.

What are the ways to serve part-time?

You can serve part-time as a Soldier in the Army Reserve or the Army National Guard. By serving part-time, you are able to continue your college education or work a civilian job, while earning an extra paycheck and maintaining many of the benefits of military service.

How can the Army help me pay for college?

There are a variety of options available to help you pursue education with flexibility, such as ROTC programs, the GI Bill, and other programs that help pay for college tuition, trade school, technical school, or trainings. View all of the Education Benefits available to you.

How do I become a health care provider in the Army?

You can serve part-time or full-time as you train in our health care program. Upon graduation of the program, you will enter the Army health care team as a Commissioned Officer.

What types of medical careers are available in the Army?

There are numerous health care careers available through the Army Medical Education Deparment (AMEDD), including physicians, dentists, nurses, veterinarians, and many more. View your career options.

How can the Army help me pay for college?

There are a variety of options available to help you pursue education with flexibility, such as ROTC programs, the GI Bill, and other programs that help pay for college tuition, trade school, technical school, or trainings. View all of the Education Benefits available to you.

What are the benefits of joining ROTC?

ROTC makes it possible to achieve your ambitions. Become a leader and serve your country in one of the nation's top leadership training programs. You can do this while maintaining your college curriculum and earning up to 100% tuition coverage. Upon graduation, you're guaranteed a career as an Army Officer.

How do I prepare to join ROTC?

When you're at least 16 years old and at least a high school junior, you can reach out to us, or even talk to your high school counselor. Together, we'll talk options and decide if ROTC is the right path for you.

Will I become an Officer if I complete ROTC?

Yes. After graduation, you are commissioned as a highly respected second lieutenant in the Army, entrusted with leading other Soldiers.

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