Travel. Education. Fun. This is life in the military. Travel. Education. Fun. This is life in the military.

Travel. Education. Fun. This is life in the military.

  • Living Overview

  • Living Overview

    Living Overview

    It may surprise you, but the Military offers a great balance between work and personal life. In fact, service members enjoy many opportunities to relax with their friends and family, including 30 days of paid vacation a year. In this section, learn about social life in the Military, housing, paying for college, health insurance, free travel and more.

    Our Today's Military overview pages show the various stages of a military career, from the joining process to trainingworking and taking advantage of military benefits. Continue your journey below.

  • Military Benefits

  • What benefits do service members get?

    Beyond their salary, service members enjoy an exceptional quality of life while serving. Benefits include full medical coverage, tuition support and discounts at Military shopping centers. Explore these benefits below.

    • Paying for College

      Paying for College

      The Military offers multiple programs for helping service members receive a college education. They can be used both during and after service.

      Explore the different ways to pay for college
    • Insurance & Retirement Benefits

      Insurance & Retirement Benefits

      Service members receive free medical and dental care, and family members are covered as well. The Military also offers life insurance, retirement plans and VA benefits.

      Learn more about insurance & retirement benefits
    • Discounts & Perks

      Discounts & Perks

      Service members can shop for groceries and personal goods at on-base exchanges, which offer deep discounts on the same products and services you'd find at a civilian store. There are also a wide variety of free on-base activities, such as gyms, sports leagues and parks. On-base entertainment also includes movie theaters, bowling alleys and visiting musicians.

      Learn more about discounts & perks
    • World Bases & Travel

      World Bases & Travel

      Service members receive 30 days of paid vacation each year, and the Military offers free travel on military aircraft depending on availability. Traveling personnel can stay for free at bases located in multiple countries outside the U.S. and use amenities such as outdoor parks and swimming pools.

      Explore our interactive map of world bases
      Learn more about world travel


  • Social Life & Housing

    What are Social Life & Housing Like?

    • Family & Social Life

      Military Life

      Family & Social Life

      Service members get to live out their passion at work and build strong relationships with family and friends. And with the wide range of recreational on-base amenities and expanding support programs like child care, financial guidance, affordable housing and more, service members have the resources to care for their families and enjoy life.

    • Military Housing

      Military Housing

      Military Housing

      Many factors come into play when determining housing for a military service member. Some of these include where a service member is stationed, whether they’re an active-duty member, Guardsmen or reservist and if they have a spouse or kids. Plus, qualified service members can live off base in civilian neighborhoods using an allowance they receive for housing.

  • Living Videos

  • Living Videos

    See the variety of ways service members enjoy their free time with highlights from our Living Videos page.

    • Resources

      Contact a Recruiter

      Schedule a meeting with a recruiter and learn what to expect from your visit.

      Request Info

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      View answers to commonly asked questions about the Military.

      Further Exploration

      Further Exploration

      You've finished your journey and seen all the Military offers. Continue your exploration with hundreds of Joining, Training, Living & Working videos.

My name is Nathanael Kruse, and I am a Maritime Enforcement Specialist Second Class with the United States Coast Guard.

I’d say I was an outdoorsy kid.

I love just going out and exploring, seeing things from a different point of view, and kind of challenging myself to be the most prepared that I can be to take on the challenges of my job.

When the events of September 11 happened, I knew I wanted to serve and do something in the capacity to be able to help my fellow Americans.

I went through multiple recruiters, and when I stopped in with the Coast Guard, how they laid it out, it was their core values: honor, respect, devotion to duty.