For many young adults, the military provides a tempting career alternative, especially when education funds are tight or jobs are hard to come by. Every year more than 180,000 people enlist in the armed forces.
The reasons for enlisting can vary greatly from person to person. From joining the military for no other reason than to give back to this great country, to looking for camaraderie and sense of belonging, or just not knowing what they want to do in life the military can provide a good starting foundation as they enter adulthood.
Here are a few pretty good reasons to consider enlisting in any one of the Nations’ armed forces.
Looking to stash away some money? The military covers all of your basic living necessities by providing no cost housing and food. How good the food is can be debated, but the bottom line is that when you live and eat on base it doesn’t cost you anything. In addition to free room and board, the Military actually pays you a salary as well!
The US Military also provides soldiers and their qualified family members with top of the line medical and dental insurance with no deductibles or co-pays. With the cost of health care on the rise, this may be one of the most attractive benefits the military can offer
Now most everyone has heard of the G.I Bill. This is basically where you earn money to pay for college while serving in any of the armed forces. Well with the cost of getting a college education going through the roof, this benefit has influenced a new group of people to enlist. These are the people who want a college degree. The Montgomery G.I Bill, the Post 9/11 G.I Bill and good old fashioned Tuition Assistance can help offset the cost of a college education.
Do you like to travel? Ever dreamed of visiting or even living Europe, Japan, Hawaii, Spain or Guam? The military has bases and installations all over the world and will not only pay for you and your family to get there but will pay to ship all of your household goods too. Off-duty time can your time to travel and see the world!
There are other reasons to join outside of the list above as well. If you are looking to find a job where you have an opportunity to work with police or bomb dogs, keep a billion dollar aircraft carrier afloat, or get to blow stuff up the military may be the opportunity for you.