Active Duty Army or Army Reserve
- Company: United States Army
- Updated: 2/9/2018
- Location: Rogers, Arkansas
- Status: Contract/Temp
- Salary: Depends on Qualifications
- Job Level: Entry Level
- Region: Northwest
- Category: Military
Full time or Part time
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•You must be a U.S. citizen or resident green card holder
•You must be 17-35 years old
•You must be in good physical condition
•You must have a high school diploma or GEDActive duty
Soldiers earn Army Basic Pay. Basic Pay is your base salary as a Soldier on active duty and it counts only as part of your total income. It is distributed on the 1st and 15th of every month, similar to many civilian jobs.
* Active Duty Army (full time) entitlements:
ALLOWANCES: COVERING THE COST OF LIVING
In addition to salary and bonuses, the Army provides military allowances to offset the cost of living. Soldiers who live on an Army post receive military housing and meals for free. If your situation calls for you to live off post, the Army provides allowances for your housing and meals. Soldiers also receive allowances for clothing and official travel.
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.
Active Duty (Full time) and Army Reserve (part time) entitlements:
If you’re planning on attending college, the Army can help you on your way. You can earn up to full tuition through scholarships and dozens of financial aid programs. Learn about the GI Bill, loan repayment programs and more.
HEALTH CARE & VACATION
COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE, GENEROUS TIME OFF
The Army is committed to the well being of the community of people who serve and stand ready to defend the nation. Soldiers and their families receive comprehensive health care, life insurance and generous vacation time.
As a Soldier, you and your family are entitled to service members group life insurance automatically covered by a comprehensive HMO-type military health-care plan called TRICARE that provides medical and dental care at little or no cost.
TRICARE enrollees receive most health care at a Military Treatment Facility, where a primary care manager supervises their care. The Army health-care team is one of the biggest health-care networks in the world, utilizing state-of-the-art technology in world-renowned facilities.
A network of “preferred” or “in-network” providers adds to the services offered at MTFs. Soldiers and their families are free to make appointments with any authorized provider.
Separate programs are available for Soldiers and their families who are on remote assignment or overseas.
Service members' Group Life Insurance is a program of low-cost group life insurance for active duty and Army Reserve Soldiers. SGLI coverage is available in $10,000 increments up to the maximum of $400,000. SGLI premiums are currently $.065 per $1,000 of insurance, regardless of the member's age.
Time off in the form of Army leave is an important component of Soldier
life and well-being.
Soldiers on active duty receive:
•30 days vacation earned annually
•Sick days as needed
*As with any job, missions and training may require work on weekends or holidays.