Army Opportunities

Your future starts here

Army Opportunities

Your future starts here

Army Opportunities

Your future starts here

Army Opportunities

Your future starts here

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The U.S. Army offers more than 150 career opportunities that are designed to help you achieve your goals. No matter which career you choose, you’ll gain the training and skills needed to surpass tomorrow’s challenges. Plus, you can earn money for college. So find the opportunity that’s right for you.

ARMY RESERVE

Looking for the career skills you need to stand out from your peers? Find them in the Army Reserve. In the Army Reserve, you can receive advanced training in one of more than 120 careers, plus money for education – all while serving close to home so you can still have your civilian life.

ARMY ROTC

College is a big enough challenge without the worry of how to pay for it. Army ROTC offers merit-based scholarships that can pay up to the full cost of college tuition at more than 800 colleges and universities. Upon graduation, you will become an Army Officer, earning a competitive salary and benefit package either on Active Duty or in the Reserve Component.

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<h3 class=”modal-title”>MONTGOMERY GI SELECTED RESERVE (MGIB-SR)</h3>
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<div class=”modal-body”>The MGIB-SR program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Army Reserve.

<b>Types of Training</b>

Assistance may be used for college degree and certificate programs, co-op training, technical or vocational courses, flight training, apprenticeships or on-the-job training, high-tech training, licensing and certification tests, entrepreneurship training, certain entrance examinations, and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

<b>Available Benefits and Eligibility</b>

You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits.

<b>Eligibility</b>

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:
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<li>Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Army Reserve. If you are an officer, you must have agreed to serve six years in addition to your original obligation.</li>
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<li>Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT).</li>
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<li>Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours toward a college degree to meet this requirement.</li>
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<li>Remain in good standing while serving in an Army Reserve unit. You will also retain MGIB-SR eligibility if you were discharged from Army Reserve service due to a disability that was not caused by misconduct.</li>
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<b>Other Factors to Consider</b>

Your eligibility for the program normally ends the day you leave the Army Reserve. An exception exists if you are mobilized or recalled to active duty from your reserve status in which case your eligibility may be extended for the amount of time you are mobilized PLUS four months. For example, if you are mobilized for 12 months, your eligibility period is extended for 16 months; 12 months of active duty PLUS four months. Even if you leave the Army Reserve after mobilization, you may have additional eligibility under the MGIB-SR.

If you are involuntarily separated for reasons other than misconduct, you will retain your original period of eligibility, which is 14 years from the date of your first six-year obligation with the Selected Reserves.</div>

<h3 class=”modal-title”>COLLEGE LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM (LRP)</h3>
<b>Summary:</b>

The Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is a special incentive that the Army offers to highly qualified applicants entering the Army Reserve. Under the LRP, the Army will repay part of a Soldier’s qualifying student loans. Only specified Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs) qualify for the LRP.

<b>Eligibility:</b>

Non-prior service, initial-term Army Reserve Soldiers on drilling status are eligible for the Loan Repayment Program if they meet the following conditions:
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<li>Soldier must have LRP guaranteed in writing in the enlistment contract.</li>
<li>Soldier must decline enrollment in the GI Bill program in writing.</li>
<li>Soldier must enlist for a minimum of 6 years.</li>
<li>Soldier must have a high school diploma and a score of 50 or higher on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).</li>
<li>Soldier must enlist in one of the critical MOSs that qualifies for the program. (Local Army recruiters have the current list, which changes often depending on the current needs of the service.)</li>
<li>Loans must be made, insured, or guaranteed prior to entry in the Army Reserve.</li>
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<b>Benefit Highlights:</b>

The Army will repay 15 percent of the outstanding principal balance, less taxes of the Soldier’s student loans annually or $1,500, whichever is greater, after each year of service (up to $50,000, less taxes).

Loans that qualify for repayment:
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<li>Any loan made, insured, or guaranteed under the Federal Family Education Loan Program, part B of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1071 et seq.);</li>
<li>Any loan made under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, part D of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087a et seq.);</li>
<li>Any loan made under Federal Perkins Loans part E of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087aa et seq.); or</li>
<li>Any loan incurred for educational purposes made by a lender that is –
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<li>an agency or instrumentality of a State;</li>
<li>a financial or credit institution (including an insurance company) that is subject to examination and supervision by an agency of the United States or any State;</li>
<li>from a pension fund or a non-profit private entity (subject to case-by-case review)</li>
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This includes:
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<li>Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) (only loans incurred for the Soldier’s education</li>
<li>Supplemental Loans for Students (SLS)</li>
<li>Stafford Loans</li>
<li>Perkins Loans</li>
<li>William D. Ford Loans</li>
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There are many loans that do not qualify, Individuals should ensure loans are covered under the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part B, D, and E prior to signing the enlistment agreement. Listed below are several loans that are not covered under this Act:
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<li>Private Loan</li>
<li>Equity Loans</li>
<li>State Funded Loans</li>
<li>Institution Loans</li>
<li>Consolidated Loans for someone else (wife, sister, brother, etc)</li>
<li>Parent Loans incurred for someone other than the LRP participant</li>
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The LRP payment processing is automated for Reserve Soldiers. Payments are made directly to the lender. The first payment is not made until after the member has completed one year of service (assuming all initial entry training has been completed). The Army will only repay the remaining original unpaid principal, less taxes on qualifying loan(s). Interest (even if it has been re-capitalized into principal) will not be repaid. Additionally, payments made under the LRP are considered taxable income in the year(s) that payments are made. Furthermore, there is no reimbursement available for any loan payments already paid. The Army will not pay on loans that are in default.

In order to maintain eligibility for the LRP, Soldiers must remain qualified in their original MOS throughout their initial term of service. If an LRP participant does not fulfill his or her obligated term of service by separating from the service early, then that Soldier will lose his or her eligibility for LRP. There are some exceptions to this early separation rule. For example, individuals who separate early after completing at least one year on active duty, may be eligible for prorated LRP payments if the reason for separation was physical disability, hardship, or certain convenience of the government discharges.

<h3 class=”modal-title”>SIMULTANEOUS MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM (SMP)</h3>
SMP allows non-scholarship MSL II, III and IV cadets, GRFD and Dedicated Reserve and Guard scholarship cadets to simultaneously participate as members of an AR or Army National Guard (ARNG) unit.

SMP provides the future officer with leadership and Reserve unit experience.

<b>Benefits include:</b>
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<li>drill pay</li>
<li>longevity credit for pay purposes</li>
<li>retirement credit</li>
<li>expanded leadership training opportunities</li>
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SMP may include MGIB benefits, federal tuition assistance, and state tuition assistance.

SMP is optional for non-scholarship MSL II, III and IV cadets, but required for RFD scholarship cadets and non-scholarship Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty contracted cadets.