The Army offers health and dental benefits, vacation time, family services, special pay for special duties, cash allowances to cover the cost of living and money to repay your college loans.

As an officer in the U.S. Army, you will be expected to carry a heavy burden of responsibility for the men and women under your command. As such, you will be entitled to many exclusive benefits, including higher pay and increased opportunities for promotion and training. Becoming an officer will also help you in the civilian work force, as employers place a high value on workers who can manage others in stressful situations.

Earn a higher pay

Officers earn a greatly increased pay grade, even at entry-level ranks. Second lieutenants in the U.S. Army start out earning a salary nearly $35,000 a year. After just four years of experience at that rank, they could earn a salary of up to $43,866. Of course, your pay scale will increase as you advance in rank. Learn more about salaries and pay tables.

Officer Promotion opportunities

At lower ranks, officers typically manage platoon-sized units of 16 to 44 Soldiers. As you earn promotions, you will be trusted with greater influence over more Soldiers, and you will receive staff duty assignments and leadership privileges that come with dozens of tangible and intangible benefits.


You and your family will be provided with modern and comfortable housing. Family members searching for jobs will have access to training and other resources, including free legal services through the office of the Judge Advocate. You will be covered through the Army Emergency Relief program, and your family will even have access to a discount travel service.

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Other Officer Benefits

Officers enjoy all of the same benefits as enlisted Soldiers, including outstanding health care, and access to college loan repayment programs. You can also fly for free on a space-available basis through the Army, earn thousands of dollars in signing and skills bonuses, and extra pay for joining specialized schools.

If you are planning on moving to a civilian career after your service obligation, you can take advantage of the Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program, which guarantees outgoing Army Soldiers an interview with the company of their choice.