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Microsoft offers an amazing military discount on their Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2019. Normally, the package costs $399! However, through the Microsoft Home Use Program, active military servicemembers can get the entire Microsoft Office 2019 suite for just $14.99. That's a 97% discount!
The suite comes with the entire Office collection, not just the basics. You get the full versions of Outlook, Publisher, Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote as well as OneDrive storage. Office Professional Plus 2019 is compatible with Windows 10, 8/8.1 and 7.
Microsoft also offers a 10% discount to military servicemembers and their families every day. Click here if you want this 10% off Microsoft military discount.
How To Get The Microsoft Office Military Discount
Here is the simple 6 step process to get Microsoft Office 2019 for less than $15:
- Click here to purchase Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2019 with the military discount. It will take you to a page that looks like this:
2. Enter your military email address. NOT your personal email! For example, @mail.mil, @us.af.mil, @usmc.mil, @navy.mil, @us.army.mil, or your deployed email address.
3. Try just using your email address without a program code. If that doesn't work, then enter the Microsoft Office military discount program code below, based on your branch of service:
(Updated November 2018 with new codes for the military Microsoft Home Use Program)
Army (Updated 6 June 2018): ABAD560AD0
Air Force (Update 6 June 2018, program good until 31 Oct 2019): 4A82EF7B8F or click the link that says “I do not know my program code.” You will receive an email with additional details to complete the registration. Use your “@us.af.mil” address, if you have one.
Navy (Updated 22 July 2018): Navy: DAB143CCC2; USMC: 3BA9CE3008; ONE-NET: DAB143CCC2 If you have a @navy.mil email: DAB143CCC2. @usmc.mil address use 3BA9CE3008. If you have @pacom.mil, @fe.navy.mil, @eu.navy.mil, and @me.navy.mil: DAB143CCC2. If you have a @ship.navy.mil address, use another address, as there are no provisions at this time for these email addresses.
Marines (Updated 18 August 2018): USMC: 3BA9CE3008; If you have a @usmc.mil address use 3BA9CE3008. If you have @pacom.mil, @fe.navy.mil, @eu.navy.mil, and @me.navy.mil: DAB143CCC2. If you have a @ship.navy.mil address, use another address, as there are no provisions at this time for @ship.navy.mil.
US Coast Guard (Updated 4 October 2018): B7F5409CA4 or 445DF3F5E5, based on comments below.
Per John's comment below: If you are a member of the Coast Guard, you need to call or chat with Microsoft Support. Due to Coast Guard I.T. department's policies on outside e-mails, any CG member will never get the validation e-mail that will allow them to purchase the Office products of their choosing through the Home Use Program. You basically have to grit your teeth and contact Microsoft for help using the guide I posted earlier (below).
Also, please be patient and don't take it out your frustration on the technician you get because the problem is solely with the Coast Guard's I.T. department who are unwilling to unblock validations e-mails from Microsoft which the Microsoft technician cannot do anything about but use a workaround that takes time.
4. Check your military email address for an email from Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP). Forward this email to your personal email address so you can do the rest from home.
5. Click the link inside the email that you forwarded to your personal email from your military email. This will bring you to the checkout page. Select the version of Microsoft Office you would like to purchase for $14.99 and checkout.
6. Download and install! The whole process shouldn't take longer than 5 minutes from start to finish, plus however long it takes to download and install.
Click here or the picture to start your Microsoft HUP purchase now. If you're having problems with the Microsoft HUP military program, see below the picture for some great tips from one of the commenters:
A BIG thank you to John’s extremely helpful comment below. He covered exactly what to do if the Microsoft Home Use Program code you were provided by your military branch isn't working. I’ll just copy and paste because he explains it all so clearly on what to do if your Microsoft Office military HUP code doesn’t work:
Some service branches have multiple program codes as you may have noticed with the Coast Guard one. Also some joint commands like SOCOM (@socom.mil) might or might not work. For members of those commands joint commands – think the military term is purple — use your service branch’s e-mail address if the joint command one does not work i.e. Army (@mail.mil), Navy (@navy.mil), Marines (@usmc.mil), Air Force (@us.af.mil).
Best advice for folks who work in government (state or local) or the military is to contact Microsoft Technical Support if the program codes don’t work for you. The agents that you can get in touch with can validate for you the work e-mail address and if not working they will help you out to get the Office products purchased and installed FOR FREE! They can figure out which program code to use actually.
Phone: 1-800-936-5700 or 1-800-642-7676 (Microsoft Technical Support for North America)
NOTE: You first have to answer a robot some basic questions and then you get a live person. To shortcut the process say this: “I have a problem with the Office Professional Plus 2019 product from the Home Use Program. I can’t purchase Office.” and in a perfect world you usually get a live person after that. Long wait time though since there are only a small number of people that support these kinds of products.
Contact chat support through this link.
NOTE: Chat requires a Microsoft Account. Click the link above and in that link click the box that says “Get Started” and you then first have to answer a robot a series of questions and use the same spiel as when contacting Microsoft by phone. After that you should get a chat link, which then requires the Microsoft Account. If you don’t have one, you have to create one. Check this link on how to create a Microsoft Account.
Once you get a real person via phone or chat, please be very specific and patient with them. Say you’re buying Office through the Home Use Program and provide your government or military e-mail address and they can take it from there. If the program code does not work tell the technician right away.
THANK YOU JOHN! This should help a LOT of people out.
This is a great deal for back to school savings. If you are taking classes or getting your degree, or your kids need Microsoft Office for school, you can use your military HUP program code to get the program for almost free.
Please let me know in the comments if the Microsoft Office military discount worked for you, what your branch is, and what code worked or if you didn't use a code.
If you found this useful, please share it with your military friends and family on Facebook, email, or wherever and save them $390 on Microsoft Office!
AMEX Platinum With NO Annual Fees for US Military
Military servicemembers and spouses can get the American Express Platinum with NO annual fees. Pick up your military annual fee waived card here!
The AMEX Platinum offers:
- $550 Annual Fee WAIVED for US Military (and spouses)!
- 60,000 Membership Rewards Points welcome offer
- $200 credit for Uber rides (or Uber Eats!) annually
- $200 airline fee credit
- Centurion Lounge and Priority Pass Airport Lounge Access
- NO foreign transaction fees
These benefits make it my top recommend card.
If you already have an AMEX Platinum card, check out the other AMEX cards, Chase credit cards, and this month's top recommended credit card bonuses, most with no annual fees for US military personnel.