Are you unsure where you want your career to go after high school or college? Have you ever considered the military as an option? Many people don't consider this route for their career path, but I had several friends that entered the military after law school and they had some amazing perks we share with you in this post.
You may think initially there is a big risk of seeing combat and other risks entering the military. It's true that entering the military means your primary objective is to defend your country and that is definitely a calling you need to weigh before making any decisions. But times are really changing and the skill sets you can learn are broad and can be used well beyond your time in the military. Plus, if you were to look up things like How Many WW2 Veterans are Still Alive?, you’re likely not going to find many due to the time that’s passed, but, the military has generally been known to take care of their employees. So, if you’ve ever considered it, then we want to share some of the benefits you can enjoy as a member of the military.
Having a job in the military is not like having a job in other fields where you can just be fired due to a downturn in the economy. You generally don't have to worry about the "company" going bust. You have job security during your service, which is never a guarantee in the corporate world This doesn’t mean you can’t get kicked out of the military, but you’d essentially need to have extenuating circumstances or break various rules/laws before that would happen. [And if you ever mess up we tell you how you can get back on track in any career].
The pay you get in the military really depends on various factors such as the job you have, the ranking you have, and also the time you’ve served, but it’s fair to say that the total compensation package for the military is comprehensive. Your base pay and pension are available. Also when deployed or even when stationed somewhere, you likely are not paying for your own expenses such as living costs out of your own pocket, so the salary you make will go much further.
There are definitely far too many benefits to list in this post, but here are just a few: full healthcare and tax benefits for yourself and immediate family, such as spouse and children, housing allowance, special rates on flights, hotels, credit cards, and even phone contracts. Additionally, you can learn skills that will translate well beyond your military service - like communications systems, information technology, first aid, and so much more. Also, in many states - including Texas - you can get college and graduate schooling paid for so you can get your degree without incurring student loan debt. We tell you about our friends who had their law school loans paid for in this Youtube video on how to get your graduate school paid for.
If you’ve ever wanted a career where you’re getting paid to travel the world, then the military is definitely a good choice for you. My friends from law school got stationed in Hawaii and another in Germany. Another friend in nursing got stationed in the Rocky Mountains. Doesn't sound too bad to spend some time in places like that?
We know that choosing the military for your career is a serious decision. If you have started your career in the military tell us in the comments about your experience and what other perks or great lessons were part of your military career.
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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