Military vs. civilian life

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5 A.M. and morning drill is blaring over troop's heads. One more morning that doesn't allow extra sleep. These are thoughts that are going through military member's heads as they are herded down to chow like a bunch of cattle. They had a choice to become a respected member of the military community or fight for college and rent money out in the civilian world. Leading a "normal" life is a big decision. The option of military is thrown into senior's heads pre graduation. This is the time to outweigh the pros and cons of such a life changing profession.

When faced with the decision to go to college cost is always an issue. The options are limited on how it should be paid for. In general, civilian life offers more money. But there is a catch: more money must be spent to get educated. On the other hand, in the military college is completely paid for while on active duty.

The college money doesn't stop there. Upon getting out of the military, member's get what's called a GI bill. This is more money that is given every semester while in school, to further one's education. The best part about the GI bill is that it does not have to be paid back. It is common knowledge that a degree is needed to get a well paying job, having the military pay for this is a great perk.

Many things are either substantially cheaper or free in the military. Medical and dental care is an example of this. These bills can get outrageous for simple things as going in for a stomach ache. Military makes it a little easier on troops in that it provides most dental and medical services right on base. It is easy to make a...