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US Army Germany Reviews

Updated September 15, 2017
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  1. "Serve Your Country and make decent income"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Kaiserslautern (Germany)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Kaiserslautern (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Army full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Meet great people.
    Pay is good.
    Benefits are excellent.
    High promotion rate.
    Possibility to be a leader.

    Cons

    Up to a year away from family depending on location.


  2. "A hard life that will take it's toll and give little back"

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    Former Employee - FA Officer in Vilseck (Germany)
    Former Employee - FA Officer in Vilseck (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Army full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Travel, Pay, Benefits are good. You'll get free healthcare, but you've got pretty much no choice in which doctor to see; Don't like the one you're assigned? Tough. Your get 30 days of PTO per year no matter what your rank, but good luck actually using it. You'll make friends that will become closer than you can imagine.

    Cons

    See above. Also, you'll frequently have to work 12 hour days (no overtime whatsoever), the promotion system only favors conformists and suck-ups. It's dangerous and you'll have a lot of trouble finding a good job after you get out. Finally, if you get called to go fight, you go fight and it doesn't matter what your feelings are on the confrontation are.

    Advice to Management

    Cut back on the senselessly long hours, especially for leaders. Let people take their leave whenever they'd like, and shift to a promotion system that isn't entirely based on the write-up.

  3. "Medic"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medic/Health Care Specialist in Wiesbaden (Germany)
    Current Employee - Medic/Health Care Specialist in Wiesbaden (Germany)

    I have been working at US Army full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Job Security
    Paid Vacation'
     Maternal/Paternal Leave
    Health Care
    Life Insurance

    Cons

    Family Seperation - Frequent Travel/Moves


  4. "SA"

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    Current Employee - Supervisory Special Agent in Kaiserslautern (Germany)
    Current Employee - Supervisory Special Agent in Kaiserslautern (Germany)

    I have been working at US Army full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1.Job Security. When you join the Army you are put in a certain job, if you tested well you are put into the job you wanted according to availability. Then you go through Basic Training and upon passing this you continue on to Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Upon completion of these two courses you become qualified for that job you were given. The job will be yours, there will be no lay-offs. Note: Only after completion of both Basic and AIT is the job yours. If failure of one or both of these training courses is a result, then you may lose your job and you would most likely be assigned with a less than desirable job. Transferring to another job is possible based on various and widely ranged circumstances. My fiancé transferred to a different job just recently, and I can transfer to another job if I'm willing to give up the enlistment bonuses I was given. If I don't want to give up my bonus, I can pick another job when I enlist in a few years. There are options.
    2.Income annually adjusted for inflation. Based on inflation we get a pay raise every year.
    3.Dependable Retirement Benefits. It's not a question mark.
    4.Learn and train in new skills. The Army prides on the constant and consistent learning of its soldiers. It's definitely a pride of mine, the Army assists me in my goal to always keep learning.
    5.Stay in shape and Stay Healthy... and get paid doing it! It's a joke in the army, but a reality also, that we get paid for doing something we would do habitually even if we weren't in the Army.
    6.Gain lasting friendship bonds. The Army is its own community and as a community it has its own experiences. It's a great thing to know when you can count on a buddy with your life.
    7.Learn more about yourself. With the extreme training environments the Army puts you through you tend to learn a lot more about yourself than you would working at your local movie store or internship etc. The Army places its soldiers through extreme training so that the soldier will be ready for anything and thus more likely to come home unscathed. I learned more about myself and my abilities in six months of Army Training than I have in 10 years of my life.
    8.Skip out on the Routine Life. Army Life is definitely different. Training is constantly changing, something different always needs to be done or learned. It's great for people who don't like to stand idle.
    9.Take a break from school/work. With the choice of joining the military comes the outcome of your decision- if you're Active Army you have the life of a soldier on a base and possibly a deployment in the future, if you're Army Reserve you will have a deployment on your hands and if it's a break from school or work you want, then more power to ya, you'll get it. (side comment: debt free!)
    10.Educational benefits. The Army promotes Learning. It may take you out of school or work for a year or two, but learning and becoming a better person is always #1 so that you can do your job to its utmost effectiveness. So take a break from school or work and work as a medic or intel analyst for the Army, and let the Army help you expand your mind and your life.
    11.Full-Time Pride in the job that you do. One of the reasons why some join the Army, or just military in general, is because they are not interested in working in corporate offices. To them, and me, the 9-5 shift working in cubicles represents an empty, hollow, and meaningless way to live. By joining the Army we gain the meaning and the knowledge that we are serving our Country in a way that we can be proud of.

    Cons

    If the Army's not for you, you'll hate it. Think carefully before you join, do your research. You always have time. The Army's maximum enlistment age is 42. Don't rush your decision.
    2. Separation. My fiance is also in the Army and he's already been to Iraq and back. I had to endure the separation of that time and it's no small thing to ignore. Separation from your loved ones, whether you are in the military or you're a family member, is one of the aspects of military life that can make or break a person.
    3. Political Party of the President. No matter what, you must be willing to follow the orders of the current President, no matter the political affiliation.
    4. Early wake-up
    5. Less predictable and controllable schedule
    6. Army Food, depending on where you're stationed, will be either enjoyable or edible. Endure it and drive on.
    7. From day one: no whining, no complaining and NO EXCUSES.
    8. Possible injury or death. The risk is real, think before you act.
    9. At times non-military personnel will be ignorant as to what you do in the Army and will act out against you with some sort of self-righteous display. Not everyone supports us, and every soldier needs to deal with that. Everyone is entitled to their opinions.
    10. A lot of running. Deal with it soldier and drive on.


  5. "Army Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - O4 - Army - Major in Wiesbaden (Germany)
    Current Employee - O4 - Army - Major in Wiesbaden (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US Army full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Changed my life for the better. Taught me discipline and leadership skills I'd never learn anywhere else.

    Cons

    Possibility of death or dismemberment, I suppose. And of course, it can be a prototypical bureaucracy that drives you completely insane, at times.

    Advice to Management

    Purge the toxic leaders.


  6. "ALL I COULD BE!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Platoon Sergeant in Baumholder (Germany)
    Current Employee - Platoon Sergeant in Baumholder (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Army full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Comradery with seniors, peers, and subordinates. Promotions are directly outlined. The job security, knowing when and how much you will be paid. The vacation days accrued.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance can be work heavy at times, but compensation for lost family time makes up for it.


  7. "Infantryman"

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    Current Employee - Infantryman in Vilseck (Germany)
    Current Employee - Infantryman in Vilseck (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Army full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Learn new skills, travel, work with other people's nation.

    Cons

    If married, time away from the family.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  8. "OPS NCO"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ops NCO in Hohenfels, Bayern (Germany)
    Current Employee - Ops NCO in Hohenfels, Bayern (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Army full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Teams/Strong Leadership Development, Travel is Great

    Cons

    There are no Cons that I can list


  9. "Salaries"

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    Current Employee - Logistics LTC in Kaiserslautern (Germany)
    Current Employee - Logistics LTC in Kaiserslautern (Germany)

    I have been working at US Army full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very Good service by this company

    Cons

    Excellent service at this organization

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  10. "Human Resources Sergeant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Sergeant in Grafenwöhr (Germany)
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Sergeant in Grafenwöhr (Germany)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Army full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Meet new people, travel, medical benefits, training, 30 day paid vacation. 4 day weekends monthly

    Cons

    Being away from family, low pay compared to civilian counterparts,


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