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Poor treatment, Poor living conditions, Unnecessary work hours, Hypocritical leadership, Disregard for morale

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - 14T Patriot Missile Operator and Maintainer in Fort Hood, TX
Current Employee - 14T Patriot Missile Operator and Maintainer in Fort Hood, TX

I have been working at US Army

Pros

You can get a bonus as an enlisted soldier that will amount to the additional money, in comparison to enlisted, that a commissioned officer makes in 1 year. You will receive "hooah" respect as an officer, which basically means that it is your job to receive respect and the enlisted's coercion to give such respect.

You will get plenty of time to work on your farmer's tan as a lower enlisted.

You will get health benefits that are hard to utilize due to a faulty and poorly managed military system, which degrades those who seek medical help: in order to save a dime for the military.

You will get an extreme tolerance for nonsensical work, rash micro-management, and coerced camaraderie which will be excellent on a resume for an employer who wants employees who can be pushed to their limits, devoting all to the profit of the CEO; as this is the goal for an enlisted soldier: further your commissioned officer's careers.

Cons

Working to further the careers of bureaucratic officers who have little regard for lives of soldiers and a sense of duty when it comes to caring about anything.

Favoritism, nepotism, conservative propaganda, army propaganda, hypocritical management, extended work hours for the purpose of doing extra menial tasks: i.e. police calling, straightening out vehicles, washing windows, reorganizing connexes, rechecking this or that, having drawn-out formations with long-winded leaders, being constantly criticized and grouped together with all of the dirtbags that you work around and that the army helps to create with it's general abuse of soldiers and their personal time.

Wide-spread disorganization, being blamed for the mistakes of those above you, being punished for the mistakes of those superior to you, false motivation highly promoted, nepotist pencil-whipping.

General malevolence of those in charge; whenever situations can be made worse and the chain of command can get away with it, they do.

In-your-face dishonesty, threats for every problem, system run by fear and scarcity.

Consistently "preparing" for deployments that will never happen. Everything you do being treated as a priority and as "serious business" regardless of the entire lack of precedence and commonsense regarding the tasks, deployment status, and relevance of the actual MOS in combat zones.

Barracks rooms that are white-glove inspected, invasion of privacy, consistent harassment, being forced to clean barracks building at 0500 in the morning, 12 ft. by 12 ft. rooms with shared bathroom for 4 soldiers; all the while the Air Force is getting rooms that have at least one bathroom and sink per Airman, and if not that, then they get additional pay for "lowered standards of living".

GO AIRFORCE!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have self-respect, respect others, follow the army values, use integrity; one of the army values, have some backbone as that is part of your creed as an NCO.

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    Pros and Cons

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Stewart, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Stewart, GA

    I have been working at US Army

    Pros

    Health Care, steady pay, and depending on MOS the advancement is OK as well. Expect to make e5 within two to four years; you will be living comfortably.

    Cons

    Long hours, deployments, some senior leadership only responds to what they know i.e. if your commander is not married then he/she does not understand as much the need for time with family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put yourself in the shoes of your subordinates. Some Brigade level leadership are repulsive human beings who command less respect than politicians. Do not be that guy.

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    Good place to do twenty and get out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - 1LT XO in Fort Hood, TX
    Current Employee - 1LT XO in Fort Hood, TX

    I have been working at US Army

    Pros

    Job security, can't get fired, guaranteed promotions, relatively easy to become an officer (OCS and some ROTC programs), medical benefits, leadership experience, "time off", pay isn't as bad as people would believe.

    Cons

    Time off- 2.5 days off a year. This is pretty awesome, but there are limitations. Most units will not allow you to take a 4 day weekend without being charged 4 days of vacation. This means that most companies that would charge one five days time off for M-F, the Army charges you 9. This is a big difference that often goes unnoticed or checked.

    Deployments are horrible. Some jobs are significantly worse than others.

    Promotions are based on time in grade and time in service. If you are an over achiever, then the military is not for you. You have to stay in at least 8 years to be recognized and promoted early. This will only get you promoted a year ahead of the worst of your peers. Even worse, most of the officer evaluations reports are subjective and completely dependent on your boss. Speaking of boss, as I mentioned earlier, you get promoted based on time and service and time in grade; therefore, you have a good chance that your boss is no better than you are at your current job. Chances are, your boss will be grossly incompetent and riding out their 20 as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As you already know, talented officers from ROTC and the service academies leave the army immediately following their commitment. If you are senior leadership, then you decided to stay in regardless of the politics and chance to make a difference in corporate/political America.

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