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The Army...So easy a caveman can do it.

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Current Employee - Helicopter Pilot in Fort Hood, TX
Current Employee - Helicopter Pilot in Fort Hood, TX

I have been working at US Army

Pros

The retirement money is good, 20 years goes by quickly when you have fun. Overall, it is fun. There is a certain amount of prestige in some circles as a soldier. Where else can you do a few different jobs that people have made video games about? You wont ever see "Bank Teller Simulator" from microsoft!!! The Army has several family and community oriented programs which are great if you get into that sort of thing. You get 30 days of paid leave per year, and several 3 and 4 day weekends per year, provided you don't get stuck on some last minute, ill-conceived and planned work detail.

Cons

Long hours, frequent deployments, frequent moving. Have spent a lot of time living in poor conditions. People getting promoted and recognized when they clearly did not accomplish anything. Discipline level is not what it used to be. Young, inexperienced leaders, some of whom are incapable, but still stumble forward. The mentality that everyone is capable of increased leadership and responsibility, which leads to everyone eventually moving up in the ranks, regardless of their ability or desires. Travel, field training, weapons and vehicles all used to be exciting as a young adult, but the older you get, the less 'cool' all of that is. The army has a way of taking the fun out of some cool things sometimes. Oh, and the false motivation gets old, can anyone say "Hooah"?

Advice to Management

Don't assume that everyone in the Army thinks at a 9th grade level. If we had quality people, we would be more efficient. If we were more efficient, people would be more satisfied. Keep people informed without micromanaging. Don't keep people busy just for the sake of giving them something to do.

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  1. Be Army Strong!

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    Current Employee - Army Officer in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Army Officer in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at US Army

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best rise to the top

    Cons

    Deployments away from family to places where people try to kill you.

    Advice to Management

    Give more specific direction then get out of the way.


  2. Serve for the experience, but tough to make it a career

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    Current Employee - Company Commander in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Company Commander in Savannah, GA

    I have been working at US Army

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best things about Army service are: pride in mission accomplishment, responsibility early in career, education benefits, and getting to work with / lead lots of different people. The benefits are pretty good, but salary and responsibility begin to stagnate right after the senior captain level. The lessons, discipline and work ethic learned set you up for furture success.

    Cons

    long deployments, little freedom to change positions (bosses) if unsatisfied; there is little to do in the Army that will keep you in the states for more than a year, so be prepared to spend most of your time in this service either preparing to deploy, deployed or just getting back- all difficult in their own ways.

    Advice to Management

    start to be interested in innovation and efficiency as opposed to "meeting the standard"


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