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US Army Secretary John McHugh

John McHugh

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    Treated like a slave

    Infantry Team Leader (E-4) (Former Employee)
    Fort Bragg, NC

    ProsThe benefits are great if you have a family. The friends you make are awesome. Promotions in the beginning are quick.

    ConsPretty much everything is a con. If you have a family, you'll barely get to see them. You only get vacation when your unit goes on vacation. You get free medical care, but you can only use it when your leadership lets you. I have a friend that was medically discharged after tearing his achilles tendon after not being allowed to go to sick call several times. If you're not an NCO or an officer, you don't even get time off for your wedding. If you don't reenlist, you get punished. You show up 1-1.5 hrs early to exercise in the mornings (meaning if you start exercising at 6:30, you show up and wait at 5:00 to 5:30), if you go to the field, 3+ hrs early. One chow hall is opened on the weekends and it's up to you to find it. You stay at work until your company leadership finished their paperwork, and you get yelled at if you don't practice things you've been doing nearly daily for years while they sit around and BS. Random barracks inspections which involve throwing everything you own around like you're an insurgent and being questioned like a criminal happen, although not frequently. NCOs that have been stop-lossed for a deployment have no morale and do no work and make life miserable for those that are doing their work and getting no sleep because of it. You wake up in the field before the sun comes up and literally just sit awake because "Indians attack at sunrise." Thanks to night vision goggles, training lasts all day long and then all night long so only expect ~3 hrs sleep per night while out in the field or on deployments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow people to voluntarily leave so they don't infect their peers and subordinates with their bad attitudes. Increase wages to have a motivated workforce that doesn't feel like it's being abused like an animal.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    " Dawn of the NEW ARMY"

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosfast promotion through E1-E6, and good benefits.

    ConsLots of BS, hurry up and wait, loved being deployed but garrison sucks. Life is scrutinized by the friends you keep.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart at the top, and get rid of old timers just sitting their collecting a paycheck

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    Suck

    Infantry Team Leader (E-4) (Former Employee)
    Fort Bragg, NC

    ProsJob security. Free medical. Some cool people

    ConsAlot of jerks especially the people put in charge of you. You'd make more money working at Mcdonalds with the hours you work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo to college. Think critically

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    supervisor

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslots of opportunities for experience and world travel

    ConsLife style not a simple job

    Advice to Senior Managementgo back to the old school idea of taking care of each other.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was fun while it lasted.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat health benefits, decent pay, instills great character traits while you gain skills that will last a lifetime. Definitely changed my life, whether for the better is still up in the air.

    ConsVery little control over the outcome of your life, increased risk of physical injury and psychological trauma. Job while in may not translate to a civilian job once you are out.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A tough, long road for the benefits as an enlisted person.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsChallenging.
    New experiences.
    Ability to continue training almost endlessly.

    ConsLeadership positions are filled most often on the basis of time-in-grade, not competence. This results in many, many incompetent leaders. This is made especially concerning when deployed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease the minimum standards to join the military. Some recruits are simply pathetic.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    bad upper leadership

    15J (Current Employee)
    Fort Campbell, KY

    Prosbenefits, people, money, days off

    Conspersonal growth, leadership, home/work ratio

    Advice to Senior Managementremember the joes

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I stand in awe of how much time can be wasted.

    Infantry (Current Employee)

    ProsStable job that's almost impossible to be fired from. Some people stumble into pretty good opportunities.

    ConsEndless red tape, malfunctioning IT systems, lazy support staff. The number of senseless time wasting activities is shocking. Promotions mostly based on time rather than merit. Enlisted soldiers can have their careers ruined over a minor infraction while officers can commit grievous ones and rest assured they'll be safe in the warm embrace of the good ol' boys network. The worst they'll see is forced retirement with a minor reduction in rank, which doesn't matter because they'll go work for a think tank to develop more losing strategies. Google "Ft. Bragg general gets fine no jail time" or "173rd colonel bigamy" (without quotes) if you need an example. They sure will preach to you about values, though.

    As far as the free healthcare and the other oft-touted benefits - you get what you pay for. Take a look at the recent issues at Womack hospital at Ft. Bragg or the current VA scandal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a list of things that need doing and allow them to be done as quickly as possible. This is much more effective than the current standard practice of filling the time between the 4-5 redundant daily meetings with YouTube and Facebook, realizing at 4 pm that you've kept the men on standby instead of allowing them to be productive, and then making them work late to pay for your abysmal time management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wrong focus

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosbenefits are good for the work experience. promotions are not based on merit, but time, so you can project your next promotion to the day, which is a positive in some ways

    Constraining can be difficult to attend with high optempo, and no one wanting to let an actual worker miss even a week. Every day is a battle to fix others mistakes. They never get punished, simply ignored while the burden is placed on others.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work you to death for little pay

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPaid even when on leave.

    ConsLong work hours.
    No overtime.
    Best friends die in front of you.
    Only time off is when they want you to take it and not when you need it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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