Pros: Allotments for housing, no-cost medical and dental care, 20-year retirement with medical coverage
Cons: Irregular schedule, high risk of loss of life/limb/eyesight, separation from family is a regular occurrence whether deployment-related or otherwise
Officers are placed in positions of authority based on rank, with career progression timelines taking priority over their merits and skills. This often leaves organisations with inexperienced leadership being propped up by the experienced managers (Warrant and Non-commissioned Officers) under their command. Job placement is based on an aptitude test and preference statement with no assessment of a person's interpersonal or physical skills.
The opportunity to travel is there, but is limited by manning cycles and open positions based on rank or title. Some assignments, voluntary or otherwise, will separate you from your family. You are at the mercy of the leadership described above in seeking compensation for the lost time.