The Best Part-Time Job in the World

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 moreAnd 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).

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The Best Part Time Job in the World

# 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.

Final Thoughts

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.

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9 thoughts on “The Best Part-Time Job in the World”

  1. You are perfectly correct in that the National Guard and Army Reserve are two of the best part-time jobs available. Personally, I especially like the opportunities for skill growth, education, and professional development. I do see one single problem that might stop a lot of competent, qualified people from joining the ARNG and USAR.

    For a lot of folks, that part-time job means the difference between putting food on the table or not. It means the difference between making your mortgage payment each month or going into foreclosure. Two days — even if it’s four days worth of pay — isn’t usually enough to make those differences.

    And even if you do have another part-time job to help cover those expenses, you have the hassle of finding an employer that will adjust to your drill schedule. Sometimes that’s harder than it sounds.

  2. I would add dependent benefits, for spouses become eligible for job and training opportunities that otherwise would not be available, and there are a number of camps and activities for children that likewise would not be accessible. Access to bases is another bonus. The commissary alone offers better prices than at Walmart, and the sales tax break can add up too.

    In addition, all military members are eligible for better financing options for homes, such as VA loans.

      1. I am glad this provided you and your family with a great option for financing your home. Imagine if you could pay it off early–you might actually get your home for close to its purchase price. I hope that more soldiers are in a position to use the VA loan option to purchase homes for their families.

  3. I think the financial aspect of joining the National Guard is truly what makes it the best part time job anyone could ask for. You get to go to school for free. College tuition prices are through the roof at the moment and they are only getting higher. It’s becoming harder and harder for someone to go to school without going into a catastrophic amount of debt. The GI Bill truly was a god send for me and I believe that if you’ve already gone to school, and you have student loans, you can take advantage of the loan repayment program.

    1. Speaking of the loan repayment program, I think it is one of the best financial programs in the military. Some Army National Guard Soldiers can qualify for the College Loan Repayment Program. If you have lots of outstanding college loans, this is a great deal. Your key to success is to talk to a local ARNG Recruiter to find out what the current policies are to see if you qualify. I’ve known some Soldiers that had almost $20k in college loans paid for by the National Guard.

  4. I didn’t join the Guard for the money (not many people do!), and I didn’t even join for the college, because I already had my B.A. when I enlisted (though the Army did assist some with my M.B.A.). All the benefits listed in this article are right on the money (no pun intended), and given the state of things today, the health insurance benefit is an important one. In April 2012 I was laid off from a job that provided health insurance through a major carrier with coverage for my entire family paid 100%–that was a cost of over $1,000 a month. My new job didn’t have that–family coverage would cost me over $250 every two weeks, and the benefits aren’t all that great. Fortunately, I had Tricare Reserve Select as an option, and for a little less than $200 a month I get insurance that pays very well. For example, generic medications are $5 a month, and if you get them through the mail-order pharmacy 90 days at a time, they’re FREE. Try to find a deal like that in the private sector.

    1. For most people, the health insurance would be the biggest monetary benefit of part-time military service. When you shop around, you will find that most insurance policies (other than Tricare) are very expensive and have lots of out of pocket expenses.

      Chuck Holmes

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