Supply Specialist (Current Employee), Natchitoches, LA – October 16, 2013
Pros: health and dental benefits
Cons: being away from your family long periods of time
A typical day at work consist of conducting inventory of all the Army's supplies. It also involves filling out the right documentation, logging certain items in and out, and operating the unit's computer. I have learned how to be more of a business man with the duties of this job, which makes me enjoy this job so much. Things change everyday at any – more... second, which makes it so difficult to just adapt too, but after being in the military so long, you learn to get used to it, well, at least I did. The hardest part of the job though, is hearing that one of your co-workers (soldiers) have committed suicide, died, or got killed. – less
HEALTH CARE SERGEANT (Current Employee), Alabama – August 24, 2014
I am a proud member of the Nation Guard for over 8 years now.. Every time I report in for duty I am challenge mentally and physically. I gain experience that helps me to be more productive on the civilian side. I interact with several different cultures and ways of thinking which in the end helps to widen my understanding of the world around me.
Cable Installer (Current Employee), Pensacola, FL – August 23, 2014
Pros: soldier teamwork
Cons: unnecessary stress
During a normal duty day, we would test our equipment to make sure it was all working properly. We would turn on the equipment and run troubleshooting procedures if the equipment would ever shut down for unknown reasons. Learning the signal equipment such as the STT and networking computer stacks, has allowed me to come to know how to perform a variety – more... of job duties such as connecting the STT to the satellite, connecting to the internet, running troubleshooting tasks, active directory, tacnet, helpdesk technician tasks, and networking and systems administration. My fellow Soldiers and I are a very cohesive unit often praised as the best in the battalion by the battalion Command Sergeant Major and battalion Commander. The hardest part of the job was the long hours spent in front of the equipment to maintain the working aspect of the equipment, but the most enjoyable part of the job was the camaraderie between me and my fellow soldiers. – less
Staff Sergeant (Current Employee), Clifton Forge, VA – August 23, 2014
Pros: great benefits, good respectable name
Cons: some employers are not a flexible with scheduling and may try to give you a hard time.
Serving in the Army National Guard has opened up doors for me that I would not have ever imagined. The possibility of advancement is always present; however, you have to want to do the work to get there. The hardest thing about this job is that you have to work harder at your civilian job being that you have to show them you are an asset to the company, – more... school or what have you. In other words, you have to make it hard for them to terminate you in the event that you have to leave your position for an extended amount of time due to deployment or training orders. Even though, by law, you cannot be fired for military service, employers will try to find something to "ding" you for. Being here has taught me that hard work does, indeed, pay off in the end. Honestly, if I had not joined the National Guard, I do not know which path my life would be on. – less
Military Police (Former Employee), San Antonio, TX – August 22, 2014
Pros: went over seas to service my county
Cons: being away from my baby girls
I did a job here that I didn't think I'd ever do, since I didn't get very month training on it. I learned how to be a police officer of a detainee facility. It was 12 hrs on and 12 hrs off. It was very busy since there were things scheduled throughout the day that had to be done. We showed up to work every night and the cells were maned by 2 personnel – more... at a time. We fed, searched their sleeping areas randomly, they cleaned their areas. we monitored their family visits and or visits with the linguist that would try to get intel from them. I don't believe their was anything enjoyable about this job other than having a partner their to pass the time. – less
A good job, but not what I want to do for the rest of my life.
Human Resources Analyst (Current Employee), Nashville, TN – August 21, 2014
Pros: money and co-workers are amazing
Cons: management on my immediate level could be substancially better
The drive to work is the worst part. Traffic is always bad and it drains you on your way to and from work. I have learned more than what I could have ever learned not being on Active Orders in the Guard. I deal with Soldiers and Leaders all across the state of Tennessee. I've learned how to correctly research into orders that are placed or transfers – more... made. I can see where mistakes are made and know how to correct them. I'm not a fan of my manager. He has double standards and that aggravates me to no end. If i'm told to do something then I expect to see him be willing to do the same. We have 1 hour lunches and I often see him take 2- 2 1/2 hour lunches for no reason. My co-workers are amazing. I couldn't ask for a better set of people to work with. There is a good ballance between joking around and hard work here. We often go fishing or on vacations together. We all get along and get our work done. The hardest part of the job is sitting at a desk for 8+ hours. I like to get on my feet or be more hands on. The most enjoyable part is by far the money made. At my age I cannot think of anyone else that I know making what I make. It's hard to think of having another job when you are able to pay your bills and still keep plenty for a savings account. – less