The Army forces you to be adaptable, whether for a location or workplace environments. Most of my time I was adapting to survive at that specific Unit. As long as I got along with most people pretty regularly, it gave me the opportunity to learn what I wanted to learn, and to focus, even a little bit, on what was important to me. With all that being said, I did gain life lessons that I wouldn't have had the chance to, outside of the military. The morals and personal values I held very close to me grew so much stronger, as well.
This is a very unorganized and stingy organization. I put in 110% for 3 long years and when I transitioned, they gave me a hard time. As long as the organization got the results they wanted, they did not care about the individuals. A complete waste of superb resources...
If you are healthy and able I recommend anyone to join the ARMY. You will learn tons of valuable skills that's you can apply to all facets of life. Its what you make it in the end.
amazing benefit and career advancement
work a lot, not much time with family
The U.S. Army is not for the feint of heart. You should only join if you have the motivation, integrity and drive to endure the hardships. It is also a necessity to have the capacity to take orders, fulfill said orders, and endure extremely high stress situations.
Being in the service is awarding. I have shared experience with the new Soldiers that benefits them in long run. It's a great felling knowing that by doing your job is touching someone's life and their families.
The Army provides a highly structured environment where you have the opportunity to do meaningful, challenging work
From a purely moral standpoint, I think it is good to serve your country and the U.S. Army allows you to do this. The Army is a great place for task-oriented people and the has a better leadership culture than most private employers. The leadership is invested in their subordinates and takes an active interest in their career advancement. However, the environment can be stressful and highly demanding. Additionally, you will have limited freedom while serving.
Food, Housing, Benefits, are all taken care of
high-stress, work hours can be erratic, hard on families
In the service one makes it what they want out of it. You can have the best job or not, depending on your attitude and what you make of it. The one thing you really take is the comradely you establish with your peers. Management may be and uptight, but if you are self-motivated and an efficient worker, this is the job for you. Travel, benefits, education and vacation (2.5 days earned every month) and a chance to climb up the ranks whether it's enlistment or officer line.
Stable job, travel, benefits, health care
Over time, continuous field exercises, time away from family, time management, poor communication
Service provides tangible education benefits and the new retirement system offers good 401K matching. Work life balance is non existent however that is something everyone acknowledges and accepts. Promotions are highly structured and linear and the potential for professional development are near limitless for motivated individuals.
eduation and retirement benefits