Today, I’d like to open a debate on this website as to why I think the Army National Guard or Army Reserve is the best part-time job in the world. In the paragraphs below, I will share what I believe separates the ARNG and USAR from other part-time jobs. After you finish reading the article, I’d love to hear your thoughts that either support or oppose my opinion!
Here is why I think the ARNG or USAR is the best part-time job in the world.
# 1 Earn a Pension
Let’s face it, not many full-time employers offer a pension any more. And I don’t know of ANY part-time employers that offer a pension plan that you do not have to contribute to. Sure, some employers might offer a 401k program, even a 401k match, but they won’t offer you a pension just for staying with them for the long haul.
With the ARNG and USAR, you build up a pension based upon your rank, years of service and total retirement points. For most Soldiers, they can get somewhere between $300 and $500 per month in a pension at age 60 just by doing one week a month and two weeks a year for a 20 year career. If you have some deployment or Active Duty time you can “beef up” your pension even more.
# 2 Four Days Pay for Two Days Work
As a part-time Soldier, you can get four day’s pay for two-day’s work. Each day of drill weekend is normally broken down into two drill assemblies. Each drill assembly is considered one day of Active Duty. For a normal Saturday and Sunday drill weekend, you would earn four day’s pay. Of course, as a leader you will be expected to work some “off duty” hours to get things done, but for most Soldiers there isn’t too much to do outside drill weekend (unless you are a senior NCO or Officer).
# 3 Access to Low Cost, Quality Health Insurance
Health Insurance is very expensive. Many families cannot afford health insurance, nor do they get health insurance from their civilian job. As a part-time Soldier, you can purchase Tricare for yourself and for your family. This is quality health insurance at bargain basement prices.
# 4 Amazing College Education Benefits
One of the best things about the ARNG and USAR is the college education benefits. If you take some time to figure out how everything works, there’s no reason to have to pay even one penny out of pocket for a college education. Between the GI Bill, tuition assistance, scholarships and grants, you can pretty much go to college for free. Try getting that with any other part-time job.
# 5 Personal Development
One of the things that I love about the ARNG and USAR is the personal development. As a Soldier, you will learn new skills. You will attend professional development and job training schools. You will become a leader and get a wide variety of experiences. You will be challenged and do things you wouldn’t normally get to do. Try getting the same experience delivering pizzas or working as a cashier. It simply won’t happen.
# 6 Serve Your Country
The last reason I think the ARNG and USAR are the best part-time job in the world is because you get to serve your country. Now I understand that not everyone is a patriot. Not everyone loves their country or wants to defend it. And I’m perfectly okay with that. But if you are one of those few folks who really love the good old USA, there is no greater honor than serving in the military. As a citizen Soldier you get the best of both worlds. You can pursue whatever civilian job excites you and a couple days a month you can put on your uniform and do something great for your country.
Did I miss something? Is there any other reason why the Army Reserves or Army National Guard is the best part-time job in the world? If you can think of a good reason, please chime in!
On the other hand, if you can think of a better part-time job, I would love to hear from you. What do you think is the best part-time job in the world and why? Just leave a comment to get the debate going. If you have any questions, you can ask them here too.