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US National Guard Reviews

Updated February 16, 2019
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US National Guard General Joseph L. Lengyel
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Pros
  • "It is an honor to serve your country and state" (in 33 reviews)

  • "Great place to work at with great benefits" (in 56 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some time away from family is required- but it's worth it to serve your country" (in 34 reviews)

  • "long hours that can negatively impact personal and family life" (in 43 reviews)

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  1. "Best way to get into a trade you want"

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    Current Employee - 91E in Redding, CA
    Current Employee - 91E in Redding, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at US National Guard part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and job training for in demand jobs.

    Cons

    Biggest downside is being away from friends and family on deployments, but its part of the sacrifice for serving the nation.


  2. "Network Administrator"

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    Former Employee - 25 N in Cumming, GA
    Former Employee - 25 N in Cumming, GA

    I worked at US National Guard part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great way to build your network, pays for your Bachelors degree

    Cons

    Make sure you get 90 consecutive days on orders or else you do not get Post 9/11 GI bill to cover school tuition after you get out.

  3. "5 years in— Not worth it"

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    Current Employee - 68w in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - 68w in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US National Guard part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A little bit of extra money and a military background for future employers

    Cons

    The “education incentives” made to make the National Guard an ideal way to serve your country part-time and still go to school are a trick and a class-action waiting to happen. In TX you get reimbursed 1/3 of your tuition (if you’re lucky) yet the website plasters “100% tuition” everywhere you look. Each state differs but at least in Texas it’s an outright lie. Each other benefit (besides your measly $300/ month) is for people who have deployed and been active. Drills are on Thursdays sometimes so you either take a big pay dock from your full-time job or miss the classes that were your whole motivation to join the National Guard to begin with. Nobody, and I mean nobody, cares if you have to miss your classes. Someone told me to “stop scheduling Thursday classes”... ok.

    You are hardly recognized as a service member, spend your weekend sitting and standing and sitting and standing, and there will never, ever been edible food. Sexism is rampant but you will be shunned if you say anything. Do not enlist just take out college loans like everybody else.

    Advice to Management

    Support soldiers’ family, work, and education goals by not scheduling drills on Thursdays inadvertently docking your soldiers’ pay or class time. Plan drills so that there’s something to do, do not make people sit or stand for hours at a time. Be truthful about incentives so they don’t feel like a trick.


  4. "12 C Bridge Crew Memeber"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Guard part-time

    Pros

    Great learning experience, looks good on a resume

    Cons

    Long hours, little pay, terrible leadership


  5. "It is what it is"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Extra monthly paycheck, option for cheap health insurance, good for camaraderie.

    Cons

    Drills are often scheduled on weekends you really need off. Long contracts can make your service feel like a prison sentence once you feel ready to get out.

    Advice to Management

    Soldiers may be more willing to bring in friends or stay longer (which would help the recruiting and retention issues) if senior leadership focused more on making the Guard a better experience for all Soldiers and taking the time to learn what they want out of their experience instead of treating them as numbers that need to fill spots.


  6. "Training Manager"

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    Former Employee - Training Manager in Anniston, AL
    Former Employee - Training Manager in Anniston, AL

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, with benefits and meeting new people

    Cons

    Better Leadership is needed to get the job done. Time management skills

    Advice to Management

    Promote those that have great leadership and management qualities and skills; and not just because they are at the top of the promotion list.


  7. "12Bravo"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US National Guard part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Training and extensive leadership skills

    Cons

    None that come to mind at this moment

  8. "M Day"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US National Guard part-time

    Pros

    Great Educational Benefits, Structured Environment and Access to affordable health care.

    Cons

    Unexpected Duty's and Management Favorability


  9. "The NY Army National Guard has proven to be an exceptional way of learning, growing, and becoming a leader."

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    Current Employee - Combat Medic in Auburn, NY
    Current Employee - Combat Medic in Auburn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US National Guard part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a medic I have learned clinical and life saving interventions, I have become an effective speaker, instructor and role model. The army has given me skills of perseverance through trialing times as well as the mental and physical strength to get thru it.

    Cons

    It’s a challenge to work for the army (yes even as a Guard member, especially when you are in leadership). All the negative stuff that happens can be frustrating so it’s best to take on the mentality of “here’s a straw...suck it up nerd!” and drive on!


  10. "Senior Leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Guard full-time

    Pros

    Pay and Benefits are outstanding

    Cons

    Some time away from family is required- but it's worth it to serve your country.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!