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US National Guard Reviews

Updated January 8, 2018
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US National Guard General Joseph L. Lengyel
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Pros
  • Great place to serve your country while being a citizen (in 32 reviews)

  • Great benefits, many oppurtunities present just have to reach out (in 53 reviews)

Cons
  • You are away from family for a little while (in 31 reviews)

  • Some long hours can happen, so be prepared (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing"

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    Current Employee - Soldier in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Soldier in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Build Confidence
    opens up many opportunities
    meet a lot of great people

    Cons

    None I can think of


  2. "Slow"

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cheap insurance, pension, paycheck. Moto

    Cons

    Slow as molasses. Poor organizational skills

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  3. "Intel Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Johnstown, PA
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Johnstown, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US National Guard part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Valuable training and great for resume building

    Cons

    While I was in, there was not much upward movement in my unit.

    Advice to Management

    Release soldiers earlier when there is no work left to do.


  4. "Information Technology Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Peekskill, NY
    Current Employee - Information Technology Specialist in Peekskill, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel to various military installations, gain experience in the subject matter field of your position, one weekend a month, allows for many opportunities in the civilian world.

    Cons

    Sometimes could be activated to deploy over seas in a combat theater, on call 24/7 incase of a natural disaster or large incident that the state needs further assistance.


  5. "Second Lieutenant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Guard full-time

    Pros

    Purpose and meaning in job.

    Cons

    Long, unpredictable hours for training.


  6. "Geo spatial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Specialist in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn new materials and new training.

    Cons

    Updates are needed on gear and software.


  7. "Signal PL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Guard part-time

    Pros

    schooling, life insurance, other benefits

    Cons

    You spend a lot of time consuming schools

  8. "If you are full-time, it can be nice. If you are part-time, it is a complete waste."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US National Guard part-time

    Pros

    I really cannot think of anything.

    Cons

    No benefits. Interferes with civilian occupation. Education benefits are taxable and considered income knocking you out of free federal stuff. No support for advancement. You can get arrested if you miss a drill. Only officers and full-timers get anything substantial out of it. If you are enlisted, it is OK if you are full-time. If you are enlisted part-time NG, then you are the lowest form of life on Earth.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to recruits.


  9. "Military service"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US National Guard part-time

    Pros

    The National Guard is a great way to earn money for school, learn about yourself, and gain leadership and organizational skills. It is rewarding mentally and physically.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to move up in the National Guard because it is limited by state. Everyone knows everyone also.


  10. "Best job I ever had!"

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    Current Employee - LAN Manager in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - LAN Manager in Asheville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Educational benefits, brotherhood, leadership skills, sense of belonging, and integrity. Gives you the resources in order to advance both military and civilian careers.

    Cons

    There aren't any cons that I can think of at the moment. If there was one thing that I could mention about a con, I would have to say the weekends and summer training could potentially interfere with civilian jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Always look out for your soldiers and do what you can to maximize the potential of the organization. The success of the military as a whole has to do with how the senior leaders treat their new soldiers and build them up.


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