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Updated on September 28, 2009

The United States Army: Greatest Job on Earth

 Do you desire a challenging career?  Do you like to travel all over the world?  If you do then the army is the career for you.  With over two hundred possible jobs ranging from infantryman to satellite technician you have plenty to choose from.  You get to travel all over the world and meet new people from different cultures.  You could go to Asia, Europe, Southwest Asia, and many other places around the world.  Being a soldier in the United States Army is the best career to have because you earn steady pay, benefit from all of the Army’s benefits, and discover in yourself a personal strength beyond your wildest dreams.

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Proudly Serving in the Army
Proudly Serving in the Army

Why Join The Army

 

First of all, by earning a steady paycheck you start to build a financial security that you may never have thought possible.  Being in the Army you never have to worry whether or not you will have a paycheck.  The money you earn continues to flow into your financial institution much like the tides of the Pacific Ocean.  Before I joined the Army, I went from job to job in search of a good steady job.  The drawback was that I didn’t have any marketable skills.  That means that I could only land jobs that were temporary or seasonal.  I worked hard and diligently but I still ended up jobless and worried.

            I then decided to join the Army.  I went to Basic Combat Training in Fort Knox, KY.  I then attended what is called “Advanced Individual Training” in Maryland.  There I learned how to be a mechanic.  I then had a marketable skill; however, I didn’t need it for anything except for the Army.  I love my job and what I do.  I have been able to fix my credit, get things I never thought I could, and recently I bought a house.

            Next the benefits of being in the Army are so numerous that it is hard to mention all of them.  The first and best benefit of being a soldier is the medical care.  I get totally free medical care and my family gets free medical care if seen by a military care provider, or I pay 10% for a civilian doctor.  Another benefit of being in the army is the extra pay that is tax-free.  I get almost nine hundred dollars for housing, and I get almost three hundred dollars for food.  So in addition to the twenty two hundred dollar base pay, I get an extra twelve hundred dollars.

            Being a soldier I can go to Sea World with my family for free once per year.  I get discounts at numerous businesses.  The discount is usually only 10% but it is nice anyway.  At airports I get to go into the USO and sleep, eat, or relax while I wait for my flight.  One of the other great benefits of the Army is education.  The Army is the greatest for education with the amount of programs to increase a soldiers’ education.  I personally have undertaken several education programs and classes.  I took the combat lifesavers course, which is like an EMT course, twice.  I took field sanitation and numerous other classes.  I am also currently taking college courses free of charge thanks to Army education programs.

            Another one of the benefits is you get thirty days of vacation each year.  In civilian careers you have to have about twenty years at a job to earn thirty days of vacation.  In the army you get thirty days leave your first year.  You also have an opportunity to earn bonus monies.  For example, for certain Military Occupational Specialties you could receive up to an additional $14,000.00.  That alone is great but on top of that you could get specialty pay for parachuting, going Special Forces and so on.  For more information on this topic refer to the following website, www.goarmy.com/benefits.

The last thing I would like to talk to you about is the sense of pride you get from being a soldier.  When people ask me if I am in the Army, my chest puffs out and I proudly say yes sir or ma’am respectively.  To me the uniform I wear is not just an article of clothing; it is a statement of who I am and what I stand for.  I stand for the American way of life.  I have a few family members who protest the military.  I also have a couple that totally despise the military.  Though when they ask me why I do it, I can proudly say, “I do it for you and your children.” 

            Ever since I joined the Army I have felt like I can do anything.  When it comes to remembering things, I can quickly remember what I need to remember.  A persons self worth and self-esteem comes from their belief in their abilities to accomplish anything.  I have great self-esteem because I know that I can do anything.  Being a soldier can teach you about fellowship as well.  This is because the Army is such a large “brotherhood.”  As a soldier you look out for the person next to you and they do the same.

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This is Why I Joined

 

In closing, being a soldier in the United States Army is a win-win situation for you and your country.  You get to make good, steady money; enjoy all the benefits of Army life, and finally you get to look in the mirror each day with pride.  If I were to end this now you won’t know the greatest part.  Aside from the previously mentioned incentives, you get the opportunity to give a little back to America.  You can serve America proudly on foreign soils, maybe even influence some cultures.  I got to go overseas to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II and meet the people of Iraq.  In my journey I discovered that the people there are very receptive to American troops.  The Iraqis will normally go out of their way to help an American soldier.  Is this just because they like us or because they make a living off of us?  I am not sure, but I like to believe that it is the former and not the latter.  You may ask yourself, why you would want to join the Army.  Well, to me the choice is clear.  Join the Army, make a strong living, better yourself with education, and acquire the sense of self that exists in us all.  

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    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR

      wesleycox 

      6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Bill: Thank you for reading and commenting on my Hub. I too am from a military family. My great grandpa was in WWI and my grandpa was in WWII, my dad was in Vietnam and Desert Storm, and now here I am having served four tours in the Iraq war. There is something to say about those of us that give of ourselves for our country. Thank you again

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      Bill Russo 

      6 years ago from Cape Cod

      As a father of a career Army Sgt. First Class, and a member of a family that has fought for this nation from the Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan and all the way back to Iwo Jima: I thank you for an excellent article.

      I am like a loop tape, telling young people over and over again to consider the military. If you need a job, a career, a life, a college education, a sense of purpose and direction: you will find it in Uncle Sam's All Volunteer team.

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      seasoned soldier 

      6 years ago

      I don't mean to bring you off of your high horse, but the truth about the military is that it is only for those who don't mind conformity to a way of life that envolves being a professional killer. Now, don't get me wrong I realize the reason why the people had to die, in order to kill them in their own country so that they don't attempt to make their way to mine and hurt people of my country. It's an incredibly difficult job that few can perform and no matter how you look at it every job in every branch either you kill the enemy personaly or you lead to the death of the enemy. From my personal experiences I know that the people of Afghanistan that invite you into thier homes, feed you, give you false intell during the day are the same individuals either shooting at you or paying someone to do it for them, I body bagged QUITE a few. It's not thier fault either. They can't be mean to us because its not in the Quaran, they have to invite us into thier homes if we come to them and feed us and offer us to stay but as soon as we leave their town or villiage they don't have to tell us about the IED that has been planted while we were being nice and shaking hands and kissing the babies. Like I said in the beginning don't get me wrong I'm am extremly proud of what I do, but don't lie to the people and make the military sound like a fairy tale. The Army is what it is once you join your in the business of killing people. Don't take it lightly, you will be tested every single day when your deployed; physically and emotionally.

    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR

      wesleycox 

      7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Frog Prince: Thank you for reading my article and I am always proud to meet current or former service members as we all share a kindred spirit. My favorite thing is meeting people that know the things I know about war and we are able to talk about it. Thank you for serving and again thank you for reading.

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      The Frog Prince 

      7 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Kudos for your endorsement from a retired infantryman of 23 years - 1968 through 1992. It teaches one to have a backbone, integrity and a respect for the US Constitution and what we hold dear.

      I had to become one of your followers as I believe that any military service makes a better citizen for the future.

      Job well done - up and awesome work here.

    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR

      wesleycox 

      8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Bail up: Thank you very much, and yes it is true, I am proud to be a soldier.

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      Bail Up ! 

      8 years ago

      Wesley

      This is a really great hub. Your pride as a soldier rings through. My husband did basic training in the Coast Guard and then transferred to the Army as a Reservist - I know not the same thing - I just wanted to say what an honorable and decent career. Thanks for sharing.

    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR

      wesleycox 

      8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Well, thanks AEvans for appreciating my service. However, I am not home, I am still in Iraq and won't be home until the end of the year. But thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Julianna 

      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      You should become a recruiter and I have to stop watching ARMY WIVES. lololo I thank you for protecting and serving and I am also happy that you are home safely with your wife and daughters. I am certain that your wife now has a Peace knowing you are by her side. :)

    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR

      wesleycox 

      8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Dohn: Your observation is not entirely incorrect. Although I am not trying to specifically recruit you or anyone else on hubpages, this is an advertisement for the U.S. Army.

      Advisor: We get a lot of benefits, some of the coolest ones I didn't even mention.

      Hmrjmr: Thanks, hopefully someone will make a career choice from this.

      Browlickie: I am sorry to hear that you didn't make the medical eval board. I guess there were better things for you to do.

      Thank you everyone for reading and commenting on my hubs.

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      brownlickie 

      8 years ago

      When I was young, I tried to join the army three times but I failed the medical each time. My left ear is low on hearing and they would not accept me . great hub

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      Hmrjmr1 

      8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Great Hub my Brother..

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      advisor4qb 

      8 years ago from On New Footing

      Wow! You get some pretty cool fringe benefits!

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      dohn121 

      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Geez, Wesley. If I didn't know better, I'd think you were trying to recruit me! Nice job, my man. I think I'm too old to join even if I wanted to. If I did when I was younger, I'd probably become a photographer or journalist! You certainly have a passion as a soldier. I have a lot of respect for you.

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