Great part time military but poorly run
Infantryman (Former Employee) – Linton, IN – March 14, 2017
While the National Guard is technically the reserves, they like to think that we aren't for whatever reason. Management is usually made up of active duty personnel while everyone else is obviously part time military and this causes issues. They like to think you have all the time in the world to devote towards the military, like they do and when you don't, they look down on you for it. The pay isn't great but for 1 weekend a month and 2 weeks a year, you can't complain since your meals are paid for during this time and you get a bed to sleep in. Culture isn't quite the same as active duty since most everyone there is going to be from your area but it is a good way to make friends. Job security is great since, as with all military, you can't be fired but advancement isn't easy. If, for whatever reason though, that your superiors don't like you then you won't get promoted so advancement isn't quite the same from active duty either.
Food and bed paid for on weekends, easy money
Hard to advance, management runs it like active duty