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Cause and Effectof Joining the Military

  • Course: EN 101
  • Professor: Kennedy
  • School: Frederick Community College, MD
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4 November 2013

Cause and Effect of Joining the Army

There are many benefits to joining the Army, but they all have an effect on yourself and your family.

The U.S. Army is the oldest, most established branch of the military. "The U.S. Army traces it's heritage back to the 1600's and the period of colonization."(Historcal Dictionary of the US Army) Since then, the Army has changed. The Army has a lot more to offer now than it did Two Hundred and Thirty eight years ago. There are many benefits to joining the Army from medical to bonus pays.

College tuition costs are rising faster than ever. Not only do college students have to take out student loans after student loans, most have to work part time or even full time jobs to go to college, which delays their education, sometimes taking an associates four years to complete. Joining the Army, upon entry you are able to choose a GI Bill option. There are different versions of the GI Bill, but all allow you to attend college without having to worry about tuition costs. I am using my Post 9/11 GI Bill and for 36 months, my GI Bill pays full tuition, a book stipend, and a monthly housing allowance. Not only is there the GI Bill option, but while active duty or reserve, you can take advantage of their tuition assistance program. The program covers one hundred percent of tuition costs. As both of these programs are wonderful, there are effects to it. The GI Bill only covers everythign one hundred percent for thirty six months. If you are wanting to get a Bachelor's Degree, you would need to take at least fifteen credit hours per semester, without taking any semesters off, in order to get your Bachelor's using your GI Bill with no out of pocket expenses. If using the tuition assistance program, you are working full-time. You have your soldier-duties as well as going to school. There are days that you may need to miss class because you need to pull a twenty four hour watch, which may take a toll on your...
4 November 2013
Cause and Effect of Joining the Army
There are many benefits to joining the Army, but they all have an effect on yourself and
your family.
The U.S. Army is the oldest, most established branch of the military. "The U.S. Army
traces it's heritage back to the 1600's and the period of colonization."(Historcal Dictionary of the
US Army) Since then, the Army has changed. The Army has a lot more to offer now than it did
Two Hundred and Thirty eight years ago. There are many benefits to joining the Army from
medical to bonus pays.
College tuition costs are rising faster than ever. Not only do college students have to take
out student loans after student loans, most have to work part time or even full time jobs to go to
college, which delays their education, sometimes taking an associates four years to complete.
Joining the Army, upon entry you are able to choose a GI Bill option. There are different versions
of the GI Bill, but all allow you to attend college without having to worry about tuition costs. I
am using my Post 9/11 GI Bill and for 36 months, my GI Bill pays full tuition, a book stipend,
and a monthly housing allowance. Not only is there the GI Bill option, but while active duty or
reserve, you can take advantage of their tuition assistance program. The program covers one
hundred percent of tuition costs. As both of these programs are wonderful, there are effects to it.
The GI Bill only covers everythign one hundred percent for thirty six months. If you are wanting
to get a Bachelor's Degree, you would need to take at least fifteen credit hours per semester,
without taking any semesters off, in order to get your Bachelor's using your GI Bill with no out
of pocket expenses. If using the tuition assistance program, you are working full-time. You have
your soldier-duties as well as going to school. There are days that you may need to miss class
because you need to pull a twenty four hour watch, which may take a toll on your grade.
The Army provides free healthcare to soldiers and their family. The cost of healthcare
insurance is expensive, and you still have to pay out of pocket expenses from co-pays to half of a
bill from the hospital. With the Army, everything is covered. Even though the healthcare is free,
it is for soldiers and their families. There are a small amounts of doctors for a large amount of
people. So even though the healthcare is free, you often have to wait longer periods of time for
an appointment and when you really need an appointment fast, it doesn't always work out. If you
were to need to go to an urgent care clinic, you need to get permission from the military
insurance company.
When joining the military, you take a test in order to see what skills you are strongest.
You are given a score and depending on your score, determines what job in the Army you can
choose. Jobs in the Army range from infantryman to LPN's.
(http://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/combat.html) The
higher the score, the more options of jobs there are available to you. Right now there are roughly
one hundred and ninety jobs in the Army. Some jobs are in higher demand than others. When
joining the Army, if you choose one of the high demand jobs, you might get a bonus for choosing
the job. After receiving the bonus money, usually given in a lump sum, if you were to have to get
out of the Army during a certain time period after receiving the bonus, you would have to pay the