Quiz: Army Job or Civilian Job?

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If you're thinking of joining the Army, you should do research first, including how your job in the Army could compare to a job in the civilian world. Take our Army Job or Civilian Job quiz to see if you're up to speed on this career comparison.

True or False: A college degree is not required for any Army job.

Although a college degree is not required to enlist in the Army, it is required to be an officer.


How much is the average salary for a high school graduate entering the Army as an E1 (private)?

According to GoArmy.com, an E1's entry-level salary is about $17,611.


What is the oldest age you can be to join the Army?

To enlist in the Army, you must be between the ages of 17 and 35.


True or False: The Army will pay for your education and even help you interview for civilian jobs.

The Army wants you to succeed. It will pay for your education if it's necessary for your job, and will then help you find a civilian job once your duty commitment ends.


What is the highest education requirement to join the Army?

You must have your high school diploma or the equivalent to join the Army.


True or False: A college degree will not increase your pay in the Army like it does in the private sector.

Not only will your pay increase, but your education might be paid for by the Army.


True or False: Wage growth over time for a male high school graduate is more substantial in the private sector than in the military.

According to a Rand study, military salaries increase faster than civilian salaries for high school graduates.


Which of the following is NOT an Army job?

There are many jobs to peak your interest in the Army, including photography, nursing and graphic design.


Which of the following are benefits an Army job offers that are seldom offered in civilian jobs?

The Army may pay you up to $200 a month for a food allowance, a perk that few civilian jobs offer.


True or False: Base salary for an Army job is the same as the base salary for any branch of the military.

Base pay for all enlisted military is the same, no matter which branch you choose.


Although an Army job's base salary for a military police sergeant is less than the salary of a civilian police patrol office, with the healthcare, stipends and other benefits soldiers receive, how much more is the military police sergeant's total compensation package than the civilian police officer's?

According to GoArmy.com, the total compensation package for a military police sergeant is about $17,500 more than the salary of a civilian police patrol officer.


The Army claims officers can make how much more annually than civilian college graduates?

The Army claims its officers can make as much as $20,000 more annually than civilian college graduates.


The Army provides free healthcare to its employees. How much, on average, does a civilian pay each year for a healthcare plan for a family of four?

A civilian healthcare plans costs $13,000 a year for a family of four, on average. While some of those costs may be picked up by an employer, the remainder comes out of pocket.


What is the average tax advantage to someone enlisted in the Army?

Soldiers pay anywhere from 7 to 9 percent less on their income taxes each year, since most of their stipends, like those for housing and food, are tax-exempt.


True or False: The Army stipend for housing covers exactly what your lease or mortgage payment totals.

The Army gives its soldiers a flat stipend for housing, no matter what their rent or mortgage payments are.


Which of the following situations would grant someone enlisted in the Army a special pay addition to salary?

Special pay is granted for jobs that demand extra responsibility, including all of the jobs we mention above.


Someone in the Army is guaranteed a bonus for which of the following?

The Army pays up to $10,000 as a bonus to soldiers that successful complete officer candidate school.


If you're asked to live in an area designated as a "hardship area," what bonus can you expect in your pay?

The Army pays $50, $100 or $150 a month, depending on location, if you're asked to move to an area where living conditions are significantly below normal.


True or False: The Army will increase your salary if you get married or have a child.

All branches of the military increase their soldiers' salaries when they get married or have children.


What special knowledge will earn you up to a $1,000 a month bonus in the Army?

Proficiency and fluency in a second (or third) language pays up to $1,000 a month on top of regular salary.


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