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I enjoyed working at the Army National Guard, until I could not get upgraded to another level as a Federal Government Employee while working there. I retired in 2016.
Working with helpful, workers who like getting together and celebrating other co-workers for retirement, birthday, promotions and other special occasions.
Working people who constantly caused problems, who never got into trouble, even though EEO complaints, were filed against them.ainst.
Stay committed and promotions happen automatically. The career path is second to none and formally guided by training courses and supervisors. It's really an inclusionary environment which promotes success.
Travel, promotions, skills, leadership training, and teamwork.
The first 3 or 4 years require humility and your ability to follow.
It was a wonderful place to work, despite some of the negative issues that crept to the fore at times. We tried very hard to look out for those soldiers and their families who were in most need of immediate assistance. When I retired, I was honored and appreciated for my hard work and diligence. The only reason why I chose to retire was due to a health condition which has been arrested and under control.
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A typical day at work was never the same. The constant variable was transitioning from the different stations, but each day brought new challenges and lessons. I had learned a lot about going above and beyond for the customers in order to get their medications to them in a timely manner. The management was very helpful and willing to work with me to perfect any areas of weakness. The most enjoyable part of the job was to get a patient that had been struggling to obtain their medication, obtain it at an affordable cost.
Extremely rewarding position with the Army National Guard. Had the ability to influence every aspect of recruiting, retention, and attrition management. Very high profile with lots of moving parts. I was part of a very close team that supported the mission and supported each other.
Interpret, develop and coordinate policies and procedures on Line of Duty (LOD) Investigations and Incapacitation Pay (INCAP) Benefits. Process requests for appeal and reconsideration of LOD determinations. Review administrative procedures and controls used by States and Territories to ensure timely and efficient management of the LOD and INCAP programs. Provide advice and develop policy guidance for personnel at NGB, ARNG, and States. Assist in the planning, directing, and coordinating activities of designated benefit, entitlements, education projects to ensure the goal and objectives are accomplished in accordance with established priorities, time limitations, and funding constraints.
Served as senior department advisor managing 7-25 team members and implementing multiple processes and procedures to streamline operations. Planned and implemented training programs; participated in developing training curriculum. Handled human resources administration including recruiting, staffing, developing hiring offers, and processing staff bonuses and incentives. Performed team member evaluations.
The years I have invested in the the National Guard has been some ups and downs along with some learning experience that improve me as a person. If I had a chance to do it over again I would. No industry or Company is perfect but doe that industry or Company meets your needs is the bottom line and for me the National Guard meet my needs and for that I can say thanks a million times.
Good Salary and Free Education and Training
Depending on Leaders it can be a very rigid workforce
Federal Contractors are treated as 3rd class employees and nothing is done to stop the bullying of the National Guard civilian supervisors and directors. It is not inclusive but exclusion that runs the day. I served 26 years in the military and have never seen anything close to this atmosphere in my entire career.
Absolutely terrible non inclusive environment. Leaders are non communicative and leave employees and contractors in the dark. Contractors especially are treated as second class workers even with stellar qualifications. The leaders appear to be self centered and callously will step over people without regard.
Unlike a regular civilian job, a career in the Army National Guard requires you to be on-call 24/7 in the defense and protection of your home State. The usual State defense and protection duties entail service during natural disasters. While in service of the California Army National Guard, I've had the privilege of fighting wildfires during wildfire season. I have colleagues that have served during the civil riots in the early 1990's. We were all on-call to help evacuate potential flood victims during the Oro Dam crisis. Of course, we also train in logistical assistance in case of a massive earthquake. In addition, a Guardsman must maintain their actual job skills in preparation for federal active duty service. Opportunities exists for Guardsman to utilize their skills on active duty service almost anywhere within the U.S. However, an activated Guardsman usually deploys overseas in support of our country's interests. Overall, my 30 years of combined service has been satisfying and would not trade it for anything. Good luck to you!
Typical Day - Dynamic and Challenging Learned - Program Management Management - Mission Focused Workplace Culture - Harmonious Hardest Part of Job - Software Tools Most Enjoyable Part of Job - My Commute
Challenging Contracting Requirements
Limited lunch choices