Q.I don't have any money and my friends don't either, so many of them plan to join the service when they graduate in order to get a college degree. I love my country and would be proud to serve, but I don't know if it's really worth it. How much does the military pay?
Ans. It's probably not wise to join the service only because you want to get a college degree, but having pride in your country and a willingness to serve changes the picture. The centerpiece of armed services educational benefits is the GI. Bill. There is one GI Bill for Active Duty Members and Veterans in which you may earn up to $1,075 per month for school/training. The GI Bill for Reservists has a reduced benefit, with up to $297 per month for school/training. You may be eligible for more than one eligible benefit, and you can find out more about it at : http:military.com . Click on "education benefits." You also can stretch the benefits by taking courses on-line while you serve.