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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

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.

Other Employee Reviews for US Army

  1. "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
    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"


  2. "U.S. Army has multiple ups and downs"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlisle Barracks, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlisle Barracks, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In a very unstable economy, the Army is a guaranteed steady source of income, where you don't have to worry about the possibility of losing your job at a moment's notice. While the system is not perfect, the Army does provide valuable services, such as on base housing, health insurance and life insurance. There also many on-base programs designed to help Soldiers and their families with a variety of issues - child care, spousal employment, finances, religious support and much more. Also, the G.I. Bill is there for all Soldiers, so everyone has the opportunity to get a college education.

    Cons

    Anyone and everyone can and will act as your boss, whether they even know what is going on or not. You are trapped in your job, no matter what. This isn't a job where if you decide you don't like it or it's not going to work, you can just put in your two weeks' notice. You sign your life away to the government in a contract that is almost unbreakable. Your personal life is no longer personal. The Army can be involved in almost everything you do, and there are a lot more rules than in the civilian world, and you will be punished for breaking them.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the "little" people. They are who makes things happen.

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