If you’re age 17 to 35, in relatively good physical condition, have a high school degree or GED and haven’t been convicted of a felony, you may be a good fit for serving in a branch of the U.S. military or National Guard.
When 27-year-old Justan Crews lost his job for the second time in two years, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. The Hillsboro, Ohio resident had been an Equipment Maintenance Mechanic, first at DHL in Wilmington, Ohio then at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Crews had been unemployed for eight months before he went to Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina in March 2011.
Five months later, Crews’ wife and two small children joined him in Fort Riley, Kansas where they live in military housing. Within two months, his wife Farrah found a job as a Teller at Bank of America.
Crews, a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic (91B), enlisted for three years, 26 months. He says he recommends the Army, citing a steady job and paycheck, good benefits, expanded experience, a family-friendly atmosphere and the ability to travel. Crews also likes that his needs are met, Army housing is provided, utilities are paid for and his family will be taken care of when he is deployed.