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Start a Career That’s More Than a Job

Get a fulfilling career with a comprehensive benefits package to support your growth and success both while you serve and after.

Get the Complete Package

Explore the many benefits that not only provide support to you and your family, but can help you advance in the Army and in your civilian life.

Education Paid tuition opportunities to continue your education

If you’re interested in pursuing an education, the Army not only offers programs to help you earn your degree while you serve, but also helps pay for tuition costs through tuition assistance programs and a variety of merit-based scholarships.

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Money & Pay More ways to earn money quickly

Your Army salary is just one part of your total earning potential, and like most jobs, increases the longer you serve and as you advance in rank. Bonuses are another great way to increase your pay, and with a variety of opportunities immediately available, you can apply and start earning more right away. Additionally, you can receive a variety of allowances depending on how you serve, helping pay for things like housing, food, and clothing costs. All of these benefits add up to a bigger takeaway.

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Enlistment Bonuses Opportunities to earn money right away

Unlike a civilian job, you don't have to wait to earn a bonus. Depending on how you serve, and by meeting the necessary qualifications, you can get one immediately. The Army offers bonuses up to $50k for filling in-demand skills or following certain career paths.

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Skills & Training Training and credentialing to strengthen your skillsets

The Army offers a variety of training programs, leadership courses, and certifications to develop your skills, so you can shape the career you want to have and keep moving it forward.

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Health care High-quality comprehensive health care coverage at little to no cost

As a commitment to the well-being of every Soldier, the Army provides high-quality comprehensive health care coverage and life insurance. Full-time Soldiers and their families receive free health care, and part-time Soldiers and their families pay minimal out-of-pocket costs.

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Vacation 30 days paid annual vacation

Time off is an important part of a Soldier’s life and well-being, which is why full-time Soldiers receive 30 days paid vacation, weekends, national holidays, and sick days annually.

Veterans Affairs Loan Purchase a home with 0% down

If you’re actively serving, a veteran, or select military spouse, you could qualify for the VA Loan and put $0 down on a mortgage. VA loans are guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

 

Get Full Benefits When You Serve

Talk to your local recruiter to get the full details.

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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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    Common Questions

    How does Army pay compare to civilian pay?

    Your Army salary is just one part of the total compensation Soldiers earn. While civilian jobs may pay higher baseline salaries, the Army offers a starting salary above the federal minimum wage, plus a variety of benefits on top of your base pay that add up. When you consider affordable health care for part-time Soldiers and free health care for full-time Soldiers, plus access to bonuses, allowances for housing, food, and clothing, education benefits to get a college degree with less debt, and more financial benefits, the Army offers a competitive choice to similar civilian careers.

    Does the Army offer bonuses?

    Yes. Bonuses are a great way for Soldiers to increase their salary. There are a variety of bonus opportunities including a Quick Ship Bonus for shipping to training within 30 days of enlistment, as well as different job-specific enlistment bonuses.

    What is the GI Bill?

    The GI Bill is one of the most powerful education benefits available to help pay for college, graduate school, trainings, certifications, and more to support your career goals. These benefits accrue over time, meaning the longer you serve, the more benefits you’ll receive.

    How do I receive health care services while serving?

    There are a variety of ways to use your health care coverage while serving. Like most other health plans, finding a doctor who accepts your TRICARE plan is the most basic way. For Soldiers stationed at a military installation, there are military treatment facilities on base, where a primary care manager supervises your care, and you can take advantage of the Army health care team, one of the biggest health care networks in the world.

    How many vacation days will I get in the Army?

    Time off is an important part of a Soldier’s life and well-being, which is why full-time Soldiers receive 30 days paid vacation, weekends, national holidays, and sick days annually.

    You are going to get paid to get trained doing what you want to do. Then, you can also get education benefits, health care, dental, the Army will take care of all of that.
    - Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Holguin, U.S. Army Active Duty
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