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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Memorial Day:Myths vs Reality when considering a Military Career

Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country. We would like to honor them by offering job seekers a view into a world many have not considered. What are the Myths and realities of serving in the military?

Myth vs. Reality

It’s Not What You Think.

Many people have misconceptions, or outdated ideas, about Today’s Military. Yes, you can still go to college. No, women don’t have to shave their heads. Yes, you can make it through boot camp. Take a look at some common misconceptions, and find out the truth for yourself. The U.S. Military has never been more diverse, more educated or more ready to help you succeed.

Myth:The Military is a roadblock to a higher education.

  • Qualified servicemembers can receive more than $70,000 in tuition benefits.
  • The Military operates more than 300 schools, teaching more than 10,000 courses.
  • The Military offers retired personnel up to $100/month reimbursement for tutorial assistance.
Get more information about the tuition support available in the Military

Myth:People in the Military are not compensated as well as private-sector workers.


  • Military pay is comparable to, and in some cases better than, its civilian counterpart.
  • Services often include enlistment bonuses when there is a need for personnel in specialized fields. Amounts and requirements change frequently, so check with a recruiter for the latest information.
  • After 20 years of service, retired personnel can potentially receive military retirement pay for life.

Myth:Women have a hard time achieving success in the Military.


  • Approximately 95 percent of all jobs in the Military are open to women.
  • Women account for close to 15 percent of the U.S. Military.

Myth:Military training and jobs have little relation to the civilian world.


  • 93.5 percent of military jobs have direct civilian counterparts.
  • Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are less likely to be unemployed than nonveterans.

Get more information about careers in the Military.

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