Thinking of joining the military? In terms of self-fulfillment, few jobs can match a military career. Defending your nation as a military veteran will give you a sense of duty, belonging and patriotism that you may never have experienced in your life before. However, there are plenty of tangible benefits that may be more appealing to you. As a career, you'll have the opportunity to make up to $100,000 per year with retirement pay up to 75% of that. You and your family will get full medical benefits and life insurance. Veterans and their families are also eligible for veteran home loans that require no down payments. You can even get full paid tuition for the college of your choice after your service – a benefit which can also be transferred to a family member.
The six major branches of the military include the Marines, the Army, the Navy, the Coast Guard, the Airforce, and the National Guard and Reserves. Service with the marines will require the biggest lifestyle changes and a huge level of commitment. During your time, your service as a marine is a 24/7 job and you'll always need to be ready to travel overseas and be ready to shoot. The army also offers its fair share of combat, but the job comes with greater flexibility and you may get to use a more diverse set of weaponry while serving overseas.
The Navy, of course, is ideal for those who love to travel, specifically by sea, which means it may not be the best option if you have a close family. The Coast Guard focuses on peacetime missions involving law enforcement and rescue. The National Guard and Reserves, managed by the state and federal level respectively, are used for deployment when additional active duty forces are needed. But if you are looking for a branch of service most like a typical job and love jets, the Airforce may be the best option for you.
If any of these military paths sound interesting to you, take this quiz to help you determine whether it’s the right time to speak to a military recruiter.