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

Helicopter Pilot (Current Employee) Fort Hood, TX

ProsThe 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.

ConsLong 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 Senior ManagementDon'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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    Army: if you like to micro-manage this is the place for you

    21c Bridge Builder (Current Employee)

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    Pros: The Army has good medical insurance but the dental and vision is not free, only the cleanings are free and the vision test is free.… Cons: The are to many uneducated people in the NCO ranks who… Advice to Senior Management: Get your education (NCO's) and learn about people because everybody is different so you… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Serve for the experience, but tough to make it a career

    Company Commander (Current Employee) Savannah, GA

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    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… 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… Advice to Senior Management: start to be interested in innovation and efficiency as opposed… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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