Happy New Year, everybody!
If you’re still in the Corps, and it’s your first term, please don’t re-enlist. I promise you that you will most likely regret it.
Get out and use your Post 9/11 GI Bill. The post 9/11 GI Bill pays for your tuition, your books, and then it gives you Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at the rate of an E-5 with dependents. The BAH is set at that rate and it doesn’t matter if you got out as a Private or a Gunny. What matters is if you got an honorable discharge or not, because if you don’t have it, then you can’t use this wonderful bill.
“This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.” These 36 months of benefits can be broken up and used here and there.
The BAH is paid depending on your school’s zip code. Here’s a calculator. Remember, E-5 with dependents regardless of what rank you got out as or if you were married and had kids.
As a civilian going to school, I get paid more and I don’t have to deal with any stupid bullshit. Uncle Sam got his. You should get yours. If you’re about to re-enlist, think about it. Do you really want to risk your freedom and find out if your next term is going to be better?
Sobbing tears of freedom since 1779.