Technical Skills, Advanced Degrees, Health Care and Retirement Savings

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Dear Army Advocate,

This issue of the Army Advocates newsletter focuses on the immediate and long-term benefits of serving in the U.S. Army. By joining, working hard and serving our country, Soldiers can earn attractive benefits that set the stage for a lifetime of success, including:

  • Technical skills and leadership qualities that make Soldiers sought-after employees, as illustrated by the below story of Pfc. Pricilla Jalim;
  • Advanced degrees and on-the-job training for free or a reduced cost;
  • Comprehensive health care benefits and a guide to living a healthy lifestyle;
  • Access to one of the world’s best retirement savings plans.

Learn more about these benefits below and consider sharing this information with your networks. Thank you for your continuous support, and find us on and LinkedIn.


Kelley Mustion
Education/Army Advocates Program Manager
Army Marketing & Research Group (AMRG)

Technical Skills and Leadership Development for Career Path Success

Technical Skills and Leadership Development for Career Path Success
In the U.S. Army, Soldiers develop advanced skills in a wide range of occupational specialties that make them highly valuable to the military and employers in the civilian sector. In recent years, the Army has seen more women excel and advance their skill sets and areas of expertise.

One example is Pfc. Pricilla Jalim of B Company, 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, who joined the Army as an allied trade specialist (occupational specialty 91E) a year ago. This role teaches Soldiers sheet metal fabrication and repair expertise.

Recently, Pfc. Jalim was tasked to take part in a specialized training opportunity, which resulted in her mastering a mentally and physically challenging gunnery training. Due to her success, Pfc. Jalim was named the brigade’s first female “Top Gun,” a distinguished accomplishment in the Army.

Pfc. Jalim’s technical skill development is setting her apart from peers in the Army and setting her up for long-term career success.

To learn more about Pfc. Jalim’s accomplishment, click here.


GI Bill – Advanced Education and Job Training Benefits

GI Bill – Advanced Education and Job Training Benefits
Soldiers benefit from intense training, leadership and career programs during active duty. Once discharged, most veterans can also take advantage of higher education and on-the-job training benefits through the GI Bill.

Recent research shows a rising trend in older veterans earning advanced degrees since the enactment of the Post-911 GI Bill in 2009. A New York City professor studying the issue attributes the growth to more transparency and the expansion of benefits.

Currently, college-enrolled veterans can receive up to 36 months of in-state tuition at a public university and stipends for textbooks and housing. At private universities, the GI Bill caps reimbursement at a set amount — $22,805.34 for the 2017-18 school year.

The passing of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 or “Forever GI Bill” in August 2017 will further expand these benefits, allowing new and future veterans an unlimited time frame to pursue an advanced degree or job training program for little to no cost.

To learn more about veterans pursuing advanced degrees, click here.


Comprehensive Health Care Benefits and Healthy Lifestyle Guidelines

Comprehensive Health Care Benefits and Healthy Lifestyle Guidelines
Active Soldiers are automatically covered by a comprehensive HMO-type military health care plan called TRICARE that provides affordable medical and dental care.

The Army also equips Soldiers with basic tools to make healthy lifestyle choices. Using the Performance Triad as a guide, service members learn about the core principles of healthy eating, sleep and exercise to perform at their best and achieve success.

After serving, the Performance Triad model continues to be a good guide for Soldiers and their families during more sedentary times in their lives.

To learn about the Performance Triad, click here.


Retirement Benefits for Life

Retirement Benefits for Life
The U.S. Army is known for giving Soldiers unmatched skills and leadership training, vast career opportunities, advanced educational options and health and fitness acumen.

It is also recognized for the long-term retirement benefits that Soldiers gain through the Thrift Savings Plan, one of the best retirement savings plans in the world. Plus, the benefits of this plan are expanding for active service members and helping enhance their retirement security.

Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the new Blended Retirement System will offer Soldiers a new portable retirement option that combines service member's traditional legacy retirement pension with distributions from the Thrift Savings Plan. Two attractive aspects of the new system will be the opportunity for Soldiers to maximize government matching contributions and to have more control over their investments.

To read more about the Army’s new Blended Retirement System, click here.


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The featured photo shows the start of the 33rd Annual Army Ten-Miler, Oct. 8, 2017. Conducted by The U.S. Army Military District of Washington, the Army's race is the third largest 10-mile road race in the world. Approximately 35,000 runners from around the globe participated.


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