Pros: barracks, chowhall, medical, dental, vision coverage, clothing allowance, paid vacation, retirement fund
Cons: time in field, unpredictable hours
As a Non-Commissioned Officer, I was in charge of two Marines. Balance of Life vs Work was adequate for personal time, however it is difficult to attend college. My co-workers made the job fun and worthwhile.
The hardest part of the job is teaching a class where the students are unwilling to learn. To overcome this challenge, I would make the information – more... relevant to the students and show enthusiasm for the class.
The most enjoyable part of the job is the final exercise to evaluate knowledge learned. The final exercise consists of a mock CBRN incident. Seeing the students react successfully to the incident is rewarding. – less