Pros: Free meals, fitness, semi relax environment.
Cons: Long hours, micromanagement, etc.
After serving 5 years active duty, I learned many qualities that I was able to take with me into the civilian world. Most importantly, I learned how to pay close attention to detail, patience, discipline, time management, and respect for authority. A typical day at work would usually involve a formation, physical fitness, another formation, maintenance on our helicopters, liberty, gym, and then sleep. My co-workers were helpful and we were able to work together as a team. The hardest part about being an aviation mechanic was the demanding hours (!2+ hour shifts). The most enjoyable part of the job was learning new things and teaching the junior Marines.