The military provides its members with a number of benefits, not the least of which are competitive salaries and the opportunity to get a college degree. In fact, as a result of the GI Bill, members of the military and veterans alike can receive up to $40,000 tax free to pay for school. Since September 11, 2001, many who have served since that date will get full tuition and fees thanks to a recent update in the bill [source: Military].
The list of military benefits goes on to include life insurance, legal assistance, travel expenses, health care and housing stipends. Under the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance provided by the military, members are covered up to $400,000 [source: Military]. Of course, if you become an officer, your benefits will be larger.
Citizens who volunteer to become officers in the military have the responsibility of being leaders. Their health and well-being are incredibly important. To ensure that they stay healthy, the military provides its officers, as well as their immediate family, with full coverage health care. This is a huge benefit in itself. Volunteer officers are also given the opportunity to continue their education with financial assistance from the military. Many receive post-graduate degrees that can be considered incredibly valuable in the future.
Aside from all the benefits an officer receives while being enlisted in the military, veteran officers are also highly marketable in today's workforce. Becoming an officer is often interpreted as being indicative of leadership abilities and general aptitude. The risk with being part of the armed forces is high, but it appears so are the benefits.
For more information on volunteering with the military, see the links below.
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- Military. "Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance." (Accessed 5/18/2009)http://www.military.com/benefits/survivor-benefits/servicemembers-group-life-insurance
- USMC. "Basic Officers' Enlistment Requirements." (Accessed 5/18/2009)http://www.usmc.net/planning_your_military_career/officer_requirements.htm