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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Heidelberg, Baden-W├╝rttemberg (Germany)
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Heidelberg, Baden-W├╝rttemberg (Germany)

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    Pros

    - Generally, you pick your job when enlisted, so it can be a great way to get training in a career field that you would have to pay for otherwise.
    - If you work hard, progression can come quickly. Soldiers are introduced to leadership roles from the beginning, but can progress to full-fledged leadership roles probably faster than any civilian position. I was running my own section and had a tremendous amount of responsibility and authority within the first two years.
    - Pay and benefits are excellent. No matter what you might hear, people are compensated well for the work that they do, and would not make the same amount (for most jobs) outside of the military.

    Cons

    - Work-life balance. No one actually care about your personal life at all. If you have a family, make sure they are prepared for this aspect. Birthdays, anniversarys, etc. do not matter to many Army leaders.
    - No additional pay for performance or hours. You can be a superstar at your job if you want, but you are rarely going to get anything tangible for it.
    - On the enlisted side, be prepare to be a Soldier first, and your job second. Career progression comes from the Total Soldier concept. You might be great at your job, but if you want to move up, you need to be physically fit as well. (I wrote this under con, as it seemed to be for many of the better Soldiers I worked with, but it is someone going in should understand.

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    - Embrace the "new Army." I heard endlessly from older NCOs that the old Army was better, and did this and that. Whether it was or not, that time has passed. Many of the Soldiers who enlist today have degrees and are, on average, a lot more educated than Soldiers in the past. The Army needs to embrace this, and give responsibilities accordingly.
    - Get senior personnel out. There were many, many, people sitting in positions building retirement. Some were fantastic leaders the Army should hang on to, but many were just filling chairs. They are holding up the progression of young, aggressive, educated Soldiers.

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