Comparison and Contrast

Comparison and Contrast

  • Submitted By: spoti
  • Date Submitted: 03/01/2009 1:31 PM
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Lifestyles 1

Military and Civilian Lifestyles

Sua’ava A. Poti

English 121

Sonia Giordani

February 09, 2009

Lifestyles 2

I have been enlisted in the military for sixteen years and I have always thought

about how life would be as a civilian. Although the military has provided me and my

family a stable life, there are many times that I wish I could be a civilian. I have learned

that things are not always greener on the other side. As I observe and compare a military

and civilian lifestyle, I realize that there are many differences between the two.

The military offers many great benefits to service members and their families.

First, the medical benefits are second to none. My family and I are fully covered

100% for both medical services and medication. We can travel anywhere in the U.S. with

peace of mind knowing that we can receive emergency and routine care when needed.

Education is another important benefit and I am fortunate to receive 100% tuition

assistance while on active duty status. My G.I. bill has recently been upgraded to $80,000

and I can use this benefit for up to fifteen years after I retire from the military. I can also

transfer portions of my G.I. bill for my spouse and children’s college education. I would

not be writing this essay and enrolled at Ashford University if it were not for this great


I do not know of any career or company that offers the vacation and retirement

package that the military offers. I earn thirty days of leave per year. I can take multiple

vacations during the year to unwind and enjoy leisure time with my family. When I

retire, I can earn up to seventy-five percent of my base pay. I also earn cost of living

allowance and my pay increases each time the military receives raises. On top of

retirement pay, I will also receive a stipend from the veterans affairs for any...

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