The Army is a great place to find yourself whether you decide to make it a career or get out
IT PROGRAM MANAGER (Former Employee) – Fort Hood, TX – March 24, 2016
Whether you decide to stay in or get out, the Army is a good place to be.
It has a well established career path laid out for you. You know what objectives you need to complete in order to qualify for the next rank. The benefits for you and your family are excellent. The pension plan for 20 years of service is second to none.
The Army also affords you the opportunity to obtain a vast amount of industry certifications and higher learning opportunities. For those of us that chose not to pursue a career in the military, there are opportunities to increase your marketability through the programs the Army offers. Military experience and Veteran's status are things that companies find valuable.
Pension, set career path, education opportunities, marketability
Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator (Former Employee) – Fort Bragg, NC – February 24, 2016
Typical day at work consist of long hours, hard labor, lifting/standing, Training soldiers. Learned time management, Learned about various communication equipment. Learned how to encrypt certain comsec devices. Learned how to drive and operate various military vehicles including HMMV, FMTV, LMTV, 40 Passenger bus with ABS. Management was structured and operated under a chain of command with an open door policy system. Developed great bonds with co-workers, excellent communication and team work. Exercised various team building exercises. The hardest part of my job was being away from family long periods of time. Sometimes I would be gone for months at a time do to training or deployment. The most enjoyable part of my job was coming home to support from friends and family. It makes everything I fight for worth fighting for.
Benefits, Education, Career advancement opportunities
The best leadership development organization in the world
S3 (Current Employee) – Salt Lake City, UT – March 2, 2016
But the worst talent management organization in the world too. The army is a great place to grow into your leadership skills. You will have experiences that really test your mettle. You will certainly learn more about your personal limits. The benefits are hard to beat, and the pay has pretty much come on line with most civilian counterparts. The down side is that, a lot of people believe that there is good job security. As it turns out, there isn't. I've worked for people who I can't understand how they ascended to their rank, and I've seen amazing leaders selected for involuntary separation due to drawdowns. So if you want to make it a career, understand, it's as volatile as any where else you'll work as far as job security.
30 days leave per year; generally good camaraderie; strong leadership development if you seek it.
Definitely not a 9-5 job, especially if you're a leader.
hit or miss on enjoyment depending on the life style you prefer.
Chinook helicopter mechanic/ Crew Chief (Current Employee) – Savannah, GA – March 11, 2016
A typical day is from 630 am to whenever work is complete Ive learned personnel management skills time management skills organizational and quick problem solving skills. Also, I have expanded my mechanical knowledge administrative skills and computer skills greatly. Management is a low part of the army. Senior leaders do not communicate well, and do not seem like they care about your best interest. Hardest part of the job is being away from family for extended periods of times sometimes with not more than 4 hours notice. Best part of the job is seeing the world and experiencing new people and cultures.
hour and half lunch breaks, good pay and benefits, holidays, provided work cloths, paid travel, new senior managers every 2-3 years, onsight healthcare
new senior managers every 2-3 years, extended periods of being away from family, every task is a process that takes forever
Military Police, U.S. Army (Former Employee) – Fort Campbell, KY and Schofield Barracks, HI – February 18, 2016
Working law enforcement duties from traffic stops to Criminal cases. Learned how to be an effective leader, interpersonal communication skills and how to write detailed reports. Also learned how to deal with stressful and an ever changing environment. Management for the most part was great all depended on you chain of command, some were better then others. Most co-workers were wonderful to work with. Hardest part of the job was dealing with people that were in a stressed out state of mind and being able to keep them calm and resolve the situation. Most enjoyable part of the job was have the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped an individual in need of assistance.
Superior Benefits and a stable job with room for advancement
A typical day in my previous position, was 5 am workouts, followed by breakfast, ready at work by 7:30 am, worked till 7:30 pm. Work consisted of management of my section, making sure my soldiers under me were taken care of and doing their jobs correctly and in a timely manner. Hardest part of the job was the hours, they were exhausting but I did what I had to do. Most enjoyable part of the job was learning new applications (such as: Microsoft Excel and Power Point). My supervisor was good, but the chain of command (our superiors) didn't really care about the well being of their soldiers too much, our needs weren't a priority and that weakened morale.
Petroleum Supply Specialist (Former Employee) – Schofield Barracks, HI – February 18, 2016
A day of work in the ARMY is crucial to our Mission readiness and personnel accountability. We work as a team to accomplish our daily tasking, details and mission. Meeting and working with different Soldiers from around the world is totally awesome. We are a family of different race, color, origin. Respect and Loyalty is our heart in the workforce. Leaders are our backbone in the workforce and they play a very important role in our military life. They help us achieve personally and career wise. The hardest part of the job is working prolong hours than you normally do.
Benefits are excellent, traveling as part of relocating duty stations, leave days are awesome
Staff Sergeant (Current Employee) – Richmond, KY – March 8, 2016
The United States Army is an incredible place to begin your career. This business is designed to take people from all levels of knowledge and skill and grow them into capable leaders. The environment provides employees the opportunity to learn resiliency and flexibility. There are always going to be people you enjoy working for and those you do not. My time in the Army I have had considerable more time working with management that was disciplined and impressive leaders. The Army provides an environment that more like a family than a business.
Counterintelligence Agent (Current Employee) – Fort Leavenworth, KS – March 15, 2016
Advice to Management
Work hard to retain those who are top performers. Sell the benefits package and retirement plan to retain key personnel. Dont let rank get in your way. Regardless if your General or a private, if an idea is logical or more practical, listen to that person. Too many seniors fail to listen to others and more often than not, that decision is based off rank or age.
Excellent benefits and job opportunities.
Moving from palce to place is hard on the family and is challenging to maintain close friends
Great foundation for building success, will make a true professional
Human Resources Manager (Former Employee) – Varoius – February 26, 2016
During my long tenure in the military, i went from being a kid to a true professional. Through learning and leadership development, you learn from great / and not so great leaders but you still learn. Advancement in there. You will be structured, experience many difference places and deal with stressful situations you will overcome and be proud you did.You will be a Soldier once and forever!
Health Benefits / Food. You will be taken care of personally and proffesionally
Food Service Specialist / Supply (Former Employee) – Fort Wainwright, AK – January 25, 2016
The Army required many factors, dependability, punctuality, efficiency and team building, just to name a few. The schedule can vary from week to week. I mostly learned how to handle an inconsistent day and work with many individuals. I was never fond of management because of the way how operations were handled. The hardest part of this job was understanding the reality of being an active duty member of the Armed Forces. The most enjoyable part, of course, was the travelling. I had the chance to visit and interact with many different cultures.
Pays portion of tuition, travel, promotion, meeting new people, consistent pay
Distance from family and friends, not enough pay for service, deployment, having no choice in many matters
19D Scout (Current Employee) – Colorado Springs, CO – March 5, 2016
A typical day at work was not so exciting. Training could be fun at times and also helpful. I learned a lot through out my career as far as becoming a better person and how to be resilient. The Army trained me well for my job as a 19 Delta Cavalry Scout. The hardest part of my job was being treated like a child. Although you wear the uniform and raise your hand to serve a lot of your rights as a person aren't always there. The most enjoyable part of my job was being able to say that I served and made a difference for my country.
Soldier/Leader (Former Employee) – Globally – April 2, 2016
Great career with many ups and downs. Leadership good and bad. TAt the end of my 20 years I noticed a downfall in leadership. No one cared about the subordinates unless it would gain something for themselves and the political game was tearing away at the very fabric of what made the US Army the most lethal in the world.
Good compensation and benefits, great retirement
Politics, President, lack of leadership, Bad retirement for new personnel
Administrative Support Specialist (Former Employee) – Colorado Springs, CO – February 23, 2016
Although leadership can tend to be neglectful, some leadership will amaze you. There is still significant violations of equal opportunity, but if you are willing to work for it, you will excel. The idea is "Family before work" when in reality, it's quite the opposite. Overall though, the people around you are what will make or break this job for you.
Very rewarding career that took me all over the world
Executive Officer (Former Employee) – Fort Meade, MD – March 25, 2016
The US Army was a great place to work. I enjoyed my time in the military and worked with some really great people over the years. The typical workday was never typical because there were always new problems to solve. I learned how to be a very good leader and it taught me the important management skills I needed to be successful in today's job market. I had some of the best co-workers a person could ask for. Very professional personnel that knew how to do their jobs and had a passion for accomplishing objectives. The hardest part of the job was the moving from location every 12-24 months. The most enjoyable part of the job was the amount of experience I gained from travelling all over the world.
Maintenance Team Leader (Former Employee) – Fort Campbell, KY – March 13, 2016
Typical day at work starts around 6:30 am with PT (physical training). Then around 9:00 am is work call. Having all the different set times has taught me the meaning of time management and how to the best work with the alloted time for work. Having worked with a multi culteral and diverse workforce is and has been an amazing experience. The hardest part of being in the military is time away from home and not knowing what to think or what your family is going to think when they see you for the first time in nine months. The most enjoyable part and probably the hardest part of leaving this job is leaving the friendships created over the years. Management was a bit of a mess on busy days, but at the end of the day the job was done.
Technical Support Assistant (Former Employee) – Picatinny Arsenal, NJ – December 28, 2015
Overall from a scale 1-10, I'd say about a 6. Retiring is difficult to live with, if you're not a supervisor, engineer, or no less than a GS-7. General Support Personnel, are always on the bottom rung, of respect and financial security.
Despite that, there are some benefits that day to day, almost, but not quite make up for all the financial hardships. They are flexible with schooling, if you need to leave early for class. Unless there is a critical suspense, you typically have steady schedule and not committed to weekends, nights and holidays. The pay is better than most lately, for possesing less than a bachelor's degree.
Flexibility, good life and work balance
Poor advancement, if you're not already a high grade, politics driven, not merit
Maintenance Supervisor (Current Employee) – Savannah, GA – February 29, 2016
The most enjoyable part of the job is working together, and within close communities. Shared experience help make jobs easier. Benefits are good and job security is usually very steady. Long deployments take you away from your family. Long work days happen often and the work schedule is usually very unpredictable. My time here has taught me oral and written communication skills, leadership shills, management skills, and the ability to work well within a team.
Human Resource Supervisor (Current Employee) – Fort Drum, NY – March 11, 2016
As a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO), in the army I have been responsible for managing individuals for over 16 years. Counseling was a mandatory requirement of my position throughout my military career. I have effectively counseled countless individuals during my tenure in the army. On several occasions I have assisted and developed programs essential to training individuals on required specific material. During my time as a soldier I became familiar with military benefits and the educational needs of many soldiers, dependents and veterans. The hardest part of being a soldier was the separation from my family and the most enjoyable part of the job was knowing that I was helping to make my country safe.
Productive, beneficial and amazing organization to work for.
Brigade Airborne Operations Coordinator (Former Employee) – Fort Richardson, AK – January 9, 2016
A typical day in the Army begins at 6:30 a.m. with 1-2 hours of physical training. The duty day started at 9:30 a.m. where I worked as an Operations Specialist and Liaison for operations conducted between the United States Army, Air Force, Marine Corp and Navy.
The list of things I learned in my 20 year career is to extensive to write here, but the most important thing I learned was teamwork. Management or Chain of Command was always supportive and allowed me the opportunity to become a manager/supervisor myself.
The personnel I worked with were and are the most professional and hard working people I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
The hardest part of the job was the combat deployments. When the Soldiers to your left an right are depending on you to do your job and do it well, it was overwhelming at times.
The most rewarding part of the job was accomplishing a mission and the close working relationships developed with my fellow Soldiers.