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    Hey guys, just wanted to get some insight/opinions on which route I should go, 3 years or 6 years.

    I'm headed to MEPS this monday, and though I've told me recruiter I was planning on doing 6, I am leaning towards the 3. I can always make that change(3 years) up at MEPS correct?

    Is there any major differences between the two? The reason I originally was going to do 6, is I was wanting the SLRP, but have since learned I can not get that program.

    I've been told that you can get the free tuition with the 3 year enlistment, can anyone confirm this?

    Also about the GI Bill(which only comes w/ 6 year), that is just the extra money on top of the free tuition if your in school full time correct?

    I've already got 86 college credit hours, so I don't have much school left.

  • #2
    Re: 3 or 6 year enlistment

    You already understand that a 3X5 will cut your ability to obtain $550 (SR MGIB w/kicker) extra per month for 36 months as a full time student. That represents $20,000 in cash benefit. It is true that you MAY not use all of it, even during your first 6 year enlistment, but if you were to obtain a Master's degree you could easily use all of it.

    Other than feeling like you can "get out" earlier, what is the advantage of a 3 year contract? Perhaps the tenative possibility of a re-enlistment bonus.

    Let's do a little "numbers" review so you can understand the actual amount of time you are serving.

    Basic Training = about 70 days including travel and reception
    AIT = obviously this can be variable from as little as 4 to perhaps as many as 17 weeks, but for purposes of this discussion let's just say 10 weeks or another 70 days.

    6 years of IADT Drills = (minus the time you were on active duty for training) 132 days
    5 years of AT (you'll likely not attend AT your first year due to your active duty training) = 75 days.


    TOTAL TIME SERVED IN UNIFORM FOR A 6 YEAR GUARD ENLISTMENT (Deployments excepted) 347 days. Those with short OSUT's (11B etc) will do closer to 300.

    So a 6 year Army Guard enlistment doesn't even equal a single year "in boots". Your potential 3 year enlistment has the same 140 +/- initial training time, but the remaining 2.5 years amounts to a whopping 90 days in uniform for a total of 180-230 days in uniform. Again, for a short OSUT soldier he could literally serve barely 6 months in uniform.

    Kentucky's TA program is 100% tuition for enlisted servicemembers.

    Additionally (thus the edit), you can not qualify for VA Home Loan benefits unless you perform at least 6 years of Reserve service.
    Last edited by Mongoose772; July 29th, 2012, 08:34 AM.

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    • #3
      Re: 3 or 6 year enlistment

      Originally posted by Mongoose772 View Post
      You already understand that a 3X5 will cut your ability to obtain $550 (SR MGIB w/kicker) extra per month for 36 months as a full time student. That represents $20,000 in cash benefit. It is true that you MAY not use all of it, even during your first 6 year enlistment, but if you were to obtain a Master's degree you could easily use all of it.

      Other than feeling like you can "get out" earlier, what is the advantage of a 3 year contract? Perhaps the tenative possibility of a re-enlistment bonus.

      Let's do a little "numbers" review so you can understand the actual amount of time you are serving.

      Basic Training = about 70 days including travel and reception
      AIT = obviously this can be variable from as little as 4 to perhaps as many as 17 weeks, but for purposes of this discussion let's just say 10 weeks or another 70 days.

      6 years of IADT Drills = (minus the time you were on active duty for training) 132 days
      5 years of AT (you'll likely not attend AT your first year due to your active duty training) = 75 days.


      TOTAL TIME SERVED IN UNIFORM FOR A 6 YEAR GUARD ENLISTMENT (Deployments excepted) 347 days. Those with short OSUT's (11B etc) will do closer to 300.

      So a 6 year Army Guard enlistment doesn't even equal a single year "in boots". Your potential 3 year enlistment has the same 140 +/- initial training time, but the remaining 2.5 years amounts to a whopping 90 days in uniform for a total of 180-230 days in uniform. Again, for a short OSUT soldier he could literally serve barely 6 months in uniform.

      Kentucky's TA program is 100% tuition for enlisted servicemembers.

      Additionally (thus the edit), you can not qualify for VA Home Loan benefits unless you perform at least 6 years of Reserve service.
      Thanks for your in depth reply. That makes it alot easier to go on.

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      • #4
        Re: 3 or 6 year enlistment

        Majority do 6x2 to get full benefits. Typically down the road you'll have to renew for another 6 to obtain any other big benefits that may be offered.

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        • #5
          Re: 3 or 6 year enlistment

          Originally posted by SteveLord View Post
          Typically down the road you'll have to renew for another 6 to obtain any other big benefits that may be offered.
          If you don't mind, what kind of other benefits would one have to serve for 6 years and have to renew another 6 for? Thanks.

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          • #6
            Re: 3 or 6 year enlistment

            Student Loan Repayment (SLRP) as previously mentioned is one. It was a new benefit introduced near the end of my term. And I could not take advantage of it unless I signed up for another 6 despite having existing loans.

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            • #7
              Re: 3 or 6 year enlistment

              Bonuses are another benefit that you would need to serve an additional 6 years. It's taking me a while to post them, but check out the Benefits section here on the Forum. I've started a list stickies on all the Incentives currently being offered.

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