It was a great learning experience.
Pros: Full coverage health care, job security, pay security
Cons: Unscheduled work hours, being gone from family so much, no overtime
A typical day in the life of a Tank Crewman for the Marine Corps was a long day, starting at 5 AM and could end anywhere from 4 PM all the way until 11 PM. A typical day of work with out physical training started at the Ramp where we would start our daily maintenance, and fix anything that was broken or needed to be calibrated. The day would usually consist of either maintenance all day, or would have random classes to further our knowledge of our equipment, or new safety policies and there really was no telling when we would get everything done. When we did training operations we would be gone for a few days or a few weeks at a time.
I learned a lot from this job, though to include time management, and leadership, as well as a slew of mechanical skills.
Our supervisors, were just that, supervisors. They taught us and molded us, and we learned from them. They were not really good or bad, but they came and went a lot so on average I would say that most of management was good. They were always conscientious of our needs, and took great care of us for the most part.
My co-workers were some of the best friends and hardest workers I will ever know. I will never trade the experiences I had with those men for anything in my life. It could be difficult sometimes with them when someone was having an off day, because most of us where far from our hometowns, and had basically just started a new support system, but we had each other.
The hardest part of this job was just being gone so much. The work was hard itself but hard work is nothing to me because I enjoy hard work, but being gone from friends, and family, especially my wife, was difficult.
The absolute most enjoyable part of this job was just all the experiences and friends that I have made. All of my co-workers became like family, and it was difficult for me to leave them all behind. Having even just one good friend as a co-worker can make any job the best job you ever had.