Army Life vs. Civilian Life

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There are many benefits that come along with being in the army and there are many experiences that you may never other wise have the opportunity to do. Being in the army can also help you develop as a person and build your confidence.

Submitted: December 10, 2013

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Army Life vs. Civilian Life
Life is full of surprises and hardships. It has bill after bill that you must pay to keep up the life everyone wants to live. Civilian life is mainly working day after day, at the same place, doing the same things daily. While in the army you don’t know what you could be doing day to day. No one thinks about all the other opportunities the army offers and the advantages that come along with it. There are so many other great prospects that come along with army life that you won’t see in civilian life.
Of course the army will mean giving up the way of life you have always known, but not all of those changes are bad. Yes, no one looks forward to leaving their family and hometown, but this downfall also means traveling the world. The army has many different posts and you don’t know where they might send you. It could be a different part of the USA like Hawaii or it could be a different country like Europe. This allows you to see a different part of the world you might never see otherwise. You will see how different things are done in other parts of the world. 
The army might give you some days off while you are there and you can sight see. You would already be living there so it would be like a paid vacation, all you would pay for would be souvenirs. Being stationed in different places would be like a new adventure everywhere you go. Normal civilian jobs would never give you opportunities to see other parts the world unrestrictedly, like the army can.
Another advantage of the army is the retirement plan you will have. Your health insurance is paid for while you are in the army and will remain paid when you retire. The retirement and medical assistance is better in the army than any you can get with ordinary jobs.
If you are injured in active duty the VA will pay for your doctor visits and the medicine you will receive. Medicine can be expensive; most insurance only covers part of it, while military health insurance will pay for the whole amount, unlike normal insurance.

The army also allows for personal growth. You will work harder in training and push your body and mind harder then you ever thought possible. You will learn to set goals for your body and learn to be self-dependent. In life there will not always be someone there holding your hand and telling you that you can do it, it will be up to you if you make it or fail. Your body is not as fragile as you think and the army will allow you to learn just how much your mind and body can take, and just how strong you really are.
The army is different from civilian life in that there are many branches, with many different jobs and training offered. The army consists of the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. These branches are different in the environment they entitle. The Army allows you to live on the land in different parts of the world which is the most practical branch when wanting a normal citizen life. While the Navy is on a ship, this means if you join the Navy you will live and spend most of your time on a ship in the water. While in both of these you will be allowed to get help furthering your education and the benefits that come with being in the United States Army.
Another bonus is you can have the same career inside and out of the army. The same jobs like dentistry and the medical field are needed in the army just as they are needed in the civilian world. For example some young adults may want to become a veterinarian, and they think, “What would the military need with a vet?” But in reality there is a need for vets in the army, there are specially trained animals that help with undercover work in other countries and dogs trained to prevent drug smuggling into the USA. Someone must care for those animals and keep them healthy when doing such important jobs. Being a veterinarian is also a job that you can do in the army, along with many other jobs, that can be easily transferred in to civilian life when you retire or when your deployment comes to an end.
One major difference between army life and civilian life is all the compensations you will receive. This is not often thought about. An average civilian will make around $49,953 a year while a
starting military sergeant will make an average of $29,380 a year. Yes, the civilian does receive better annual revenue and sounds better off, but that does not include all the taxes and necessities they will pay for that year. A civilian might pay thousands of dollars for their house, food, taxes and health insurance. But military sergeants will have their house, food and health insurance paid for, so they won’t be paying that out of their annual salary. Also military sergeants will receive tax advantages around $2,716 a year. After civilians pay their taxes they will be making roughly $36,360 annually, and that does not include the necessities they will pay for that year. With all the housing and food allowances and the tax advantages and the possible special pay an army sergeant can receive they will have made the $29,380 a year but it really amounts to $53,960 a year after all the compensations added to their revenue.
All in all, army life can have many more opportunities and benefits than civilian life. It helps your life during the present with allowances you will receive and in the future when you have kids and retire. It does have its down faults with leaving your family and home but you will gain much valued skill and be able to find a new home that you will come to love just as well. So with the falls that may come with army life there are so many new openings to be explored, there are many reimbursements you will get with army life that you cannot get otherwise.



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