Yes, you get paid. If you come in now as an E-1 you get paid $1239.90 a month as your base pay until you hit four months, which will increase your pay to $1340.40 until you get promoted. If you come in as a E-2 or higher you will get paid the same as anyone else in the Army with that rank who has less than two years time in service. You will also get Basic Allowance for Housing for your hometown if you are married or have dependents with custody (if you don't have custody you only get partial payment which is the difference between single BAH and married BAH, usually around $200 a month) and your dependents will be eligible for Tricare, access to the PX, Commissary, and MWR facilities, and almost all other military benefits available at the closest base to where they live at. You DO NOT have to pay for your uniforms or equipment unless you LOOSE them after getting them issued and have to get it replaced. Only officers have to pay for their uniforms but their equipment they use to go to war with (body armor, helmet, etc...) are issued for free and must be returned before they get out the military or paid for if lost.