Pros: the comraderie, respect, and sense of mission accomplishment not only tactically but through watching people recover, thrive, and professionally develop.
Cons: military lifestyle is dangerous and people did die, i hated when we lost people, it's something that you'll never get over, you just have to live with it.
As the First Sergeant I was in charge of morale and discipline of the enlisted workforce. A typical day at work consisted of maintenance of personnel records, mentoring of junior enlisted Airmen as well as Commissioned Officers. Reviewing legal issues involving disciplinary actions and ensuring the Commander was within the confides of protocol and UCMJ – more... standards of non-punitive and punitive disciplinary actions as well as rehabilitative efforts to get personnel back in compliance with standards. As a part of the executive management of the squadron I lead by example on the daily and led my personnel in areas of physical fitness, dress and appearance, as well as maintaining a healthy representation of an Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officer. Daily interaction with my unit members was the best part of the job in leading them to achieve and push themselves to be the best they could be encompassing the whole person concept while keeping tabs on their personnel pillars of strength. You had to know your people and have an attitude of wanting to take care of them. You had to be in tune with their emotions and know when they were having a bad day. You had to discipline those that needed it with a spirit of rehabilitation and motivation to accept that they made a mistake and had to take their lumps but they could still achieve great heights in their career despite their personal shortcomings. The best part of the job was my troops, my people, my brothers and sisters in arms. Taking care of them and them knowing that I had their six in combat and professionally. – less