Health Care Sergeant (Current Employee) – Camp Bullis, TX – July 28, 2016
Training is limitless. What you have a desire to learn, You are capable and encouraged to go the distance. There are challenges but no one can stop the process but you. Hardest part is dealing with the challenges as the come while trying to further your education.
EOD TECH (Current Employee) – Grayling, MI – July 28, 2016
Ever since transferring from a Combat Engineer to the EOD community I've enjoyed my time much more. I've learned valuable skills I'll be able to use throughout my life. Every job has people who you do not get along with, that's life, but certain organizations have better ways of dealing with the issue, such as the Guard.
91B Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic (Former Employee) – Marietta, GA – July 27, 2016
91B wheeled mechanic. Took orders from higher ranks, cleaned, work as a team, in fast-pace environments. Worked on light wheeled vehicles. Have to do physical fitness every morning. Study and sit in meetings.
Section Leader (Current Employee) – Florida – July 27, 2016
My career in the National Guard has made me the person i am today. My daily tasks consist of training soldiers, delegating tasks, critically thinking, and managing time. The hardest part of the job is the deployments, although, i do enjoy the experience i gain from them.
Human Resource Specialist (42A) (Former Employee) – Camden, SC – July 26, 2016
I enjoyed every bit of my service to my country. I have gained ample amount of knowledge about communications. I loved every soldier i served with. The hardest part of the job was being away from home on deployments.
Served my country
constant loss of paperwork and sensitive information
Was not taught a majority of the material during my schooling, a typical day is mainly spent helping the infantry PMCS their vehicles and then waiting for something to break on one of the vehicles, long days and short nights.
Bridge crew Member (Current Employee) – New London, CT – July 25, 2016
The army national guard is gives you amazing training to prepare you for your job in the military as well as giving you confidence and a little extra preparation in your civilian life. Each day you train your either working on your job in the military or you hone your soldier tasks and skills. The best part about the national guard is working with all the other soldiers in your unit as a team and going through every obstacle together as a team.
88M Motor Transport Operator (Current Employee) – Sioux City, IA – July 25, 2016
I have been working for the Iowa Army National Guard since 2008 and have loved every moment of it. Hard-working and dedication follow into my civilian jobs through military training and experience. The skills I have learned here have helped out and my civilian life style and truly changed me to who I am today
Fire Support Sergeant (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – July 22, 2016
Being in the Army National Guard requires you to put your entire life around a part-time job for mission readiness. It will require a lot of dedication and time for something that doesn't pay off very well and in most cases is fairly thankless. If this is something that you would struggle with then I would recommend going into the active duty military or staying out entirely to remain as a civilian. Make no mistake, this is a component of the United States Army so it typically requires a 3-8 year initial (enlistment) commitment. If I could have done it all over again I would have just enlisted into active duty Army straight out of high school.
The National Guard is okay if you're going to college fresh out of high school or stepping out of several years as an active duty soldier to ride out the remainder of your service until retirement.
Funds are very limited for additional military training (i.e. Airborne, Air Assault or Warrior Leadership Course) and will generally be reserved for those that have close connections with the upper echelon. You can always count on drills being scheduled for the worst possible moments such as college midterms/finals, birthdays, anniversaries or that game you were really looking forward to attending.
Hands down the camaraderie is excellent, you will never find such friends in any other type of job since you know you might have to one day trust your lives into their hands while they'll rightfully expect the same in return. On that note, the National Guard deploys overseas to combat theaters of operation routinely which typically hasmore... a cycle every so many years depending on the unit size and type for again mission readiness. Each of these deployments will keep you away from home for at least a year which will cause strains on your spouse, family, friends and civilian employer.
The quality of management varies widely in the Army National Guard since it's such a large organization. You can only hope for a superior that will treat you like a person, anything better is a prayer answered.
The most enjoyable part of my job was doing my actual job since 90% of the time will be spent doing other remedial tasks with few items scheduled from the officer corps. In a typical day you'll be able to complete all tasks before lunch time but will have to wait until final formation around 5:00PM before you can go home so there's a lot of boredom.less
Good friends, discharging lots of firearms with tax paid ammunition, attracting ladies while in uniform
Boredom, long work hours, poor leadership, few opprotunities for advancement