It was an honor to serve my country.
Pros: Leadership development, Improved my accountability and punctuality, good salary, medical and dental healthcare, I learned how to counsel and mentor Marines.
Cons: Artillery is a job in the Marines that puts a lot of stress on the body, lots of physical work and labor.
A typical day at work on base would be waking up at 0500 do physical training for 30-60 minutes, shower and go to the ''gun park'' that's where we do maintenance on the howitzers and the gear we need to shoot artillery. Clean our rifles and teach classes on crew serve weapons. Then I would counsel and mentor my Marines for the day, make sure their uniforms are clean and serviceable, talk to them and make sure they are mentally, physically and emotionally stable. And we would end the day around 1630.
A typical day in the field would consist of waking up at 0500, make sure all my Marines properly hygiene themselves (since the field can be dirty and harsh environments) eat breakfast and get ready to shoot artillery!