Earn respect and become part of a family. Free training and pay that is unmatched in today's job
What would it take to match military pay at this very moment using the E-2 pay grade (most college
students will qualify to enter at the E-2 pay grade, otherwise you will make E-2 automatically after 6
months) you can join and not married (https://militarypay.defense.gov/Calculators/RMC-Calculator/):
ANNUALLY Civilian Pay Needed to Match Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA PLANNED LOCATION:
$1,906.44 2 X PER MO.= $3,812.88 MONTHLY
$45,754.55 ANNUALLY ( This is the starting pay needed to match what you would get with the US Army )
WHAT DOES ENLISTMENT MEAN?
Enlistment is the process of taking an oath of U.S. Army service and becoming a Soldier. During this
process, you will talk to a recruiter, attend Basic Combat Training (BCT), and choose your Army job.
Recruits will generally take these five steps to become enlisted Soldiers:
1. Take the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). Your score on this test will determine
which Army jobs you are qualified to hold
2. Pass an Army physical
3. Meet with a career counselor to discuss and accept your Army job that you choose
4. After you have completed Basic Combat Training, you will then attend Advanced Individual Training
(AIT) for specialized instruction in the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) you have chosen.
5. Upon graduating AIT, you will receive orders to join your unit.
Your responsibilities as an enlisted Soldier will depend on your choice of career path. You will have many
options from which to choose, including intelligence, support, law enforcement, arts and media,
healthcare and aviation.
GENERAL ENLISTMENT QUALIFICATIONS*
To become an enlisted Soldier in the U.S. Army, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien
- 17-35 years old
- In good physical condition
- In good moral standing
- A high school graduate or equivalent
*Some positions may have additional qualifications.
BONUSES: EARNING EXTRA MONEY
In addition to Basic Pay and Drill Pay, Soldiers have many opportunities to earn additional money. These
one-time bonuses are available if you choose a specific Army job, complete special training, or if you
have prior military service.
ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTMENT BONUS
Qualified active duty recruits may be eligible for up to $40,000 in bonuses.
ARMY RESERVE ENLISTMENT BONUSES
Qualified Army Reserve recruits may be eligible for up to $20,000 in bonuses.
ARMY RESERVE OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL BONUS
Officer candidates may qualify for an up to $10,000 bonus, payable upon successful completion of OCS
training and commissioning.
Qualified Soldiers may receive an up to $10,000 bonus after completing the Ranger Indoctrination
program and reporting to their first permanent duty station in the 75th Ranger Regiment.
ARMY FOOD ALLOWANCE
The Basic Allowance for Subsistence is used to pay for food for enlisted Soldiers and officers authorized
to eat off post. Most Soldiers who qualify for this Army food allowance receive more than $200 per month.
ARMY HOUSING ALLOWANCE
The Basic Allowance for Housing offsets the cost of housing when Soldiers live off post. BAH rates are
based on location, rank and family status. This Army housing allowance is the second-largest piece of
compensation for most Soldiers.
ARMY CLOTHING ALLOWANCE
Enlisted Soldiers receive an annual Army clothing allowance to replace uniforms and uniform decorations.
For jobs that require civilian clothes, the military provides a civilian clothing allowance.
ARMY COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE
Soldiers assigned to high-cost locations in the continental U.S. and overseas are paid a Cost of Living
Allowance. This Army COLA offsets the higher costs of food, transportation, clothing and other
nonhousing items. Higher housing costs are covered separately by the Basic Allowance for Housing.
ARMY MOVING ALLOWANCE
The Army pays a moving allowance for the transportation of household goods during a permanent
change-of-station move. In addition, a Temporary Lodging Allowance covers the cost of temporary
housing at the beginning and end of a move. To further offset moving costs, a Dislocation Allowance is
also granted for permanent change-of-station moves.
FAMILY SEPARATION ALLOWANCE
Soldiers assigned or deployed to locations where the military will not move families receive an Army
Family Separation Allowance of $250 per month to cover expenses incurred during a Soldier’s separation
from their family. Soldiers are also entitled to the allowance if their families are unable to accompany
them overseas due to medical reasons.