Benefits of Civilian Work
Life as a civilian again, seems refreshing. But there are two sides to this coin. The camaraderie and stressful never ending workload are two guaranteed highs and lows of any military service (11B of course). But at the same time the freedom and unpredictability of the civilian world can feel the same.
I spent my best years in the military hoping to further myself afterwards. This I found was to be misplaced hope at first. As a civilian again I found it almost impossible to find a job, even with my service in the Army. The first draw back to civilian life, well as you know, finding a job. While finding a job can be a drawback, once you find that special job you then get an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. Compared to the military life where you choose your job and stick to it until your time is up.
One benefit to civilian life is calling out of work. If you feel sick, you simply call out, this is something me and many of my military friends dreamed about. On the other hand, if you’re sick for an extended amount of time, the military will replace you. While you might have medical coverage in the civilian world, you are full covered in the military. By this, I mean, no money exchange at all.
Hours. Some of you live your work week by that one word. I used to work a hundred hours every week while in the military. This of course was the same pay as if I had worked forty. Civilian salary might seem the same, but I’ve yet to find anyone making under $26,000 a year working over a hundred hours weekly. The freedom to come home every night is by far the biggest benefit to working as a civilian. I went months, even years, without seeing my family and friends. Fortunately, now, every night I come home to them or even meet them for lunch if I choose.
It might not be as selfless and honorable to work in the civilian world but at the end of the day the civilian benefits will always outweigh the civilian drawbacks. If you don’t believe me ask any military personnel currently deployed what he wants.