US National Guard

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I have been working part-time for the US Army National guard for over 11 years

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Forward Signal Support NCO  in  Washington, PA
Current Employee - Forward Signal Support NCO in Washington, PA

Pros

Good educational benefits if you do not serve overseas and excellent educational benefits if you serve multiple tours overseas. Decent medical and dental benefits (if you do not mind making a small co-payment every month), Good work experience (if you do not mind traveling, getting deployed, or dealing with different levels of leadership within this organization). Mostly importantly, taking the pride in your work and the fact that you are serving your country.

Cons

This organization can take you away from your home, job, and loved ones most of the time because of training, deployments, professional development schools, and MOS schools/classes. Since this organization can have each soldier away from their home, job, and loved ones for extended periods of time, the hardships that each soldier endures from these requirements start to out weigh the benefits that are earned from serving in this organization.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Learn to take care of your soldiers, which means the low enlisted soldiers should come first.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other reviews for US National Guard

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Definitely different from the other branches of service

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Sergeant
    Current Employee - Staff Sergeant

    Pros

    Excellent educational benefits. State to state varies though

    Cons

    In comparison to active duty, the Guard has tons of incompetence running rampant through the ranks. Way too many selfish leaders. It's a goodly old boy network and unless you know the secret handshake, you're left out in the cold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your former active duty soldiers and value their experiences rather than shun them and shut them out. Lose the permanent profile. If a soldier is broke and can't deploy, med board them out and quit promoting them. They are of no use to the organization and are combat ineffective. Take a hard look at recruiting and retention. You are losing good people to other services and components, because your standards for enlistment change are wishy-washy, at best, and the kids get tired of getting jacked around so they go elsewhere. On the back end, Soldiers are leaving in droves because they are intelligent enough to see the corruption and hypocrisy that goes on in the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Promotion issues

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great mission and loyal coworkers for the most part.

    Cons

    Promotion system is corrupt and many people are promoted based on how they look on paper vs. how competent they are in their job duties. It also, and unfortunately, has a "who you know" element to the system.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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