Illinois Army National Guard

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Illinois Army National Guard Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
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  1.  

    Platoon Leader

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    Current Employee - Platoon Leader in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Platoon Leader in Decatur, IL

    I have been working at Illinois Army National Guard part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible environment
    A lot of leadership practice
    Only for one weekend a month and 14 days training during the summer

    Cons

    There is really nothing to complaint about
    Everything is good

    Recommends
  2.  

    Fun way to spend a weekend every month

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    Former Employee - Sergeant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sergeant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Illinois Army National Guard part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good training opportunities while being surrounded by competent and experienced professionals. A great mix of knowlegeable noncommissioned officers and commissioned officers who tend to be better leaders than their active duty counterparts.

    Cons

    The drive can be a pain if you're not used to Chicago traffic and are driving in from downstate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great experience, college tuition paid, and a nice supplement to any civilian career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aircraft Technician in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Aircraft Technician in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Illinois Army National Guard part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    100% of college tuition is paid - allowed me to get my degree with no student loans.
    Great networking opportunities for civilian employment.
    Extra monthly paycheck.
    Strong bonds and camaraderie fostered over the course of training and deployments - I wouldn't trade that for anything.

    Cons

    Required training can cause conflicts with work and home life.
    The "slotting" system means that you may not be promoted unless you secure a certain slot - this means a dead-end for promotion for many soldiers and unqualified people can get a promotion even if they don't deserve it since they were sitting in the right slot at the right time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Excellent support provided for personnel, and positive management climate is encouraged.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Soldier
    Current Employee - Soldier

    I have been working at Illinois Army National Guard part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Great job security compared to the Active Duty military components
    -Excellent additional paycheck
    -See the world
    -Learn important leadership and managerial skills

    Cons

    -Some civilian employers resent guardsmen (even though it is illegal)
    -Service does take some time away from civilian work and family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep supporting the troops, we appreciate it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great benefits overall, but not college or civilian work friendly.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illinois Army National Guard

    Pros

    -Great Educational benefits
    -Big support networks in service and out

    Cons

    -Barely any upward movement in the ranks for lower enlisted despite being qualified
    -Cut backs on personals
    -Slow to process all or any medical papers unless you are deemed unfit in there eyes
    -interferes with civilian work.
    -Not college friendly in terms of classes, internships, residency programs, and studying aboard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Hire more Staff to get people medically processed out, because waiting 2 or 3 years with injury / disability that happen on duty / during drill without the required attention. Than having to pay out of pocket for it is wrong.
    - Do more to show lower enlisted that they are needed as well.
    -Find ways to allow service members to excel by being more college friendly to students in the medical field or fields you need.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Great experience, need to read all fine print before you sign up though

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    Former Employee - Nation Guard in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Nation Guard in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Illinois Army National Guard as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    excellent benefits, coworkers, and bo ost of confidence within yourself.

    Cons

    its the government, the admin side is very slow and does not always fill their end of contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    doing a good job!

    Recommends
  8.  

    Great place to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ammo Team Chief in Crestwood, Cook, IL
    Current Employee - Ammo Team Chief in Crestwood, Cook, IL

    I have been working at Illinois Army National Guard part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Merit, work, you really get to see the world

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say :D

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hooah!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Good benefits and potential to progress

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, IL

    I have been working at Illinois Army National Guard full-time

    Pros

    These are government jobs with a contingency of military membership. There is opportunity to advance because it is difficult to enter the system at higher levels so they promote from within usually.

    Cons

    Since your job is tied to military membership, you must remain a member of the Army to keep your job. You are also subject to full-time ramifications of your military actions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Worth joining for the College

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Illinois Army National Guard part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    the officers are very involved, the troops are overall very motivated, the new leadership is very effective, free stay at a hotel if live over 100 miles way, the medics are very knowledgable, diverse support soldiers.

    Cons

    the upper management seems to through the drills together last minute, the drive is expensive, most of the money earned goes to paying for gas and food while gone, the commander is often absent from drill

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stick to the projected drill schedule and stop changing it last minute

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Active Guard and Reserve

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Major in Springfield, IL
    Current Employee - Major in Springfield, IL

    I have been working at Illinois Army National Guard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It has all the benefits of active army without the pick up and move every 2-3 years. You still have a connection with community since it is the national guard. In addition you can be called out for state emergencies which is really rewarding missions since it is the people you live with you are helping

    Cons

    You end up working more weekends than you would on an active duty post. You don't have easy access to commissary or medical treatment facilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Big Army needs to remember there are not as many training days available for the traditional Soldier to train.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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