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