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10 Pros And Cons Of Joining The Army

There are several different branches of the United States Military, but often the first one that comes to mind to the general public is the U.S. Army.

The Army has an outstanding tradition in the United States. Many have direct relatives, or close friends that have served.

Along with a patriotic duty to serve, the U.S. Army has also assisted many to find a purpose in their life. It has helped military members afford college and get steady pay that otherwise might not have been available.

The Armed Forces offers several benefits as well as some disadvantages to consider. After a careful review it should hopefully make clear if a life in the U.S. Army is for you.

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5 Pros of Joining U.S. Army

5. An Opportunity to Serve

There are families where children follow in the paths of their parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents that served.

Some of these individuals served in extreme conflicts like Vietnam, Korea, and WWII.

An opportunity to carry on the tradition of being in the U.S. military is very important for some adults. As is the opportunity to serve the United States.

There is nothing more patriotic than being enlisted in the Armed Forces. It helps boost self-esteem, create discipline, improve leadership qualities, and learn more about true sacrifice.

4. Find a Meaningful Career

Some members want to try out the U.S. Army and then make a career out of being in the military. Others seek the military as a means to help fund extended education opportunities.

Whichever your motivation is, there are plenty of job opportunities the Army has to offer.

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One of the great benefits of the U.S. Military has always been its allegiance to providing tuition and other funds to service members.

The Army provides several different opportunities in science, math, engineering and technology. It also supports specialized career opportunities in service.

In addition to connecting you with higher education and career opportunities, the U.S. Military also gives you many important life skills that you learn while serving the country.

3. Family Bonds for a Lifetime

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While frats and sororities, as well as other clubs, may claim a “true family bond” none really does it as well as the U.S. Army.

The Army, and all the other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, is a true family environment. You will develop a special bond with other soldiers that is impossible to replicate elsewhere.

Even after you leave the military that bond will last forever. When veterans pass on the streets they wear their stripes proudly and with colors.

The special brotherhood starts at boot camp, translates into potential conflict situations, and then years afterwards. It connects people of all races, religions, creeds, and colors.

2. See the World

The sheer amount of places you will visit in the U.S. Army would cost thousands of dollars to do so if you spent money out of your own pocket.

Thus, in addition to the numerous other benefits of serving in the military, the opportunity literally gives you a chance to see the world.

Some soldiers have observed numerous places in the United States, countless countries, and multiple continents before they turn 30. Who outside the military without deep pockets can claim the same?

If you are adventuresome and want to see other parts of the world where you will not only protect but serve, the U.S. Army is the greatest opportunity to do so on someone else’s dime.

1. Good Pay & Plenty of Benefits

See our article on Army ranks and pay here.

Though joining the military is far from the highest paying job when you consider that basic pay starts in the low $30,000 that is a lot more money than your typical early 20-year old would make elsewhere.

Elie P.

Elie Piha served as a paratrooper in the US Army from 2008 to 2012. He used
the GI Bill to graduate from UC Berkeley where he majored in English. He
currently works as a writing tutor, a freelance writer, and a bartender, is
completing a novel based on his time in Afghanistan, and is pursuing
graduate school.
Elie P.

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