Pros: Free lunches, all benefits that are included and free workouts
Cons: Not as many benefits as Active Duty
Working with the National Guard for over a year and a half has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. One of the greatest benefits with the National Guard is that it is only one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer, meaning that I am still able to go to school and work on a degree, or if I had a full time job, I can do that, too. I've learned many skills in training with the National Guard that are easily transferable into a civilian job. Everyone is friendly and for the most part trustworthy. You can talk to the people in charge with ease without feeling uncomfortable. The hardest part of the job is the initial training if you are not used to it. Other than that, as long as you stay positive, the job is fun and enjoyable.