Enlistment Incentives: Bonuses and Benefits
Did you know that you could possibly earn a signing bonus? Or that can you could get GI Bill education benefits? Find out about some of the exciting incentives below.
Tip: Always ask about bonuses, not all jobs have them but you may not know which ones do unless you ask.
Enlistment Bonuses: Some bonuses require enlsiting longer than the normal four-year enlistment. Most bonuses are paid for enlisting in a specific job.Enlistment bonuses are continually changing depending on recruiting needs. Make sure to ask your recruiter for details.
Student Loan Repayment: If you have gone to college or are going to college, and have loans to repay, the military may be able to help.
Voluntary Education Programs: Many military members continue their education while on active duty. Each of the service has programs dedicated to helping their members reach their education goals. These programs offer tuition assistance, counseling, classroom facilities, and other systems to support voluntary education.
G.I. Bill: In a nutshell, the G.I. Bill gives educational benefits. Although you may begin using this benefit while you are on active duty, you must earn an honorable discharge if you choose to use your benefits after service.
Accelerated Promotion: Accelerated promotion is offered under several methods. You may be eligible if you:
- Were/are a Girl or Boy Scout.
- Have college credit or have already earned a college degree.
- Refer friends to join.
- Were a member of the Civil Air Pratrol
- Participated in Junior Reserve Officer Training (JRITC) in high school
Each service's rules vary, and usually the highest advancement is to E-3.
Special Forces Recruitment: The Army, Navy, and Air Force offer special incentives for recruits who sign up for special forces programs.These programs are extremely competitive and you should only consider the Special Forces if you are in great physical and mental shape. Visit the Special Operations Center to see if you have what it takes.
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