Pros: Steady pay, G.I. Bill, deployment bonus
Cons: Mass punishment, blame passing, disorganized leaders
Wake up at 5 am and go do group exercise with entire battalion. Run home to shower, change, and eat breakfast if you have time. Return to battalion spaces and stand at attention for up to an hour or more waiting for command to come out and pass word. Frequently the entire battalion gets berated because we find out that somebody got drunk and did something stupid. Some liberty or other gets taken away as a result. We finally get some work assignments or training passed down for the day. Go to work and find shipmates constantly taking smoke breaks and ditching work so I have to do most of the work myself.
The best part of the job was getting to visit new places and learn new skills.
The hardest part was getting blamed and punished for other peoples screw-ups.
I learned that a good leader gives the workers under them all the information they need to get the job done right and isn't afraid to lend a hand when its needed.