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Learn and challenge yourself, this is one of the best job you can have in the world, the best part about this work force environment is, you will get to travel a lot both abroad and national
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Not great, and not for everyone

Originally joined to challenge myself, do something different and contribute via disaster relief, bush fire and flood assistance locally and internationally. Wanted to join the medical core but was persuaded to join the infantry as needed,and could change later. This didn't happen because living 2 hours from a Base that has Medical core staff is just too far to be practical. Honestly I didn't enjoy much at all of the experience. Days can be long, sometimes 16-20 hrs with little breaks. The pay was pretty bad, around $22 an hour (tax free) while training, $21 an hour when finished. Daily rate capped to around $160 without special allowances. Training seemed to be trying to cram as much into a short space of time as possible whist often using worn at outdated equipment. I believe the average turn over for a recruit is around 6 months and can understand why. Personel are of the best physical health, and mostly of higher academic level, yet are treated rather poorly and underpaid for the commitment and sacrifice required. although the ADF boasts about family first, I never saw that, and found you were expected to commit more and more as time went on, when really the Reserves accounted for such a small part of my busy life. It must be said that there are some very good people in the ADF, and others that should not be there. The culture is pretty bad, which is exactly the oppose to everything we are taught and have lived in for the last few generations. I was hoping for a positive learning and supporting environment. Not so, it was shotgun learning, based on fear and intimidation - 
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21 November 2022
Hello,We are sorry to hear about your experience in the Army and thank you for posting your review.If you would like to, you can also report your experience on our Complaints and Incident Reporting page. You can find more information here https://www.defence.gov.au/about/complaints-incident-reporting The Australian Defence Force is currently undertaking many steps to improve support for personnel and veterans. If you would like to you can also read the letter sent to the Attorney-General’s Department outlining the changes, you can find the document here https://www.defence.gov.au/about/reviews-inquiries/royal-commission-defence-veteran-suicide-defence-taskforce.Kurt – DFR

Terrible leadership

Not a great place to work. Not flexible. Poor senior leadership. Not understanding of work life balanceTerrible morale in the unitPoor conditions.....
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Not enough money

Army reserve great oppertunity to help your country. Not for the faint hearted. Lots of work great and rewards. Be part of a team. If u like the great outdoors army reserve is for you.
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Excellent if you're looking for life experiance while maintaining a career.

An excellent place to meet new people and gain skills that you will keep for life. Its hard sometimes but it has to be. Physical fitness is must. Its great.
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Really Rewarding if you put the time and effort

Just be fit and respectful, people will try and work aroudn your life as much as possible but still put in equal effort and you will be fine. I highly reccomend to anyone who wants some tax free money and wants to servee their country.
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productive and fun

A typical night time parade involves weapons handling, administration tasks and sometimes a PT session. It is a very productive work day where there is always something to do.
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Productive and disciplined to objective motive of defence training and its scope.

disciplined and trained to the scope of the field of defence and its objectives. It did provide further training in many fields of employment scope objectives once basic training was completed.


skill learning


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Really good experience

Learn leadership skills, Learn about teamwork, Learn about yourself, Great Leaders, Great Mate-ship, Great Training. You will learn skills that will set you up for life both personally and professionally.


Personal Development and second to none training


If your pointing out cons on military service then its not for you.
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Skillset includes both trade and soldier skills. Work days are structured . The people within the work environment tend to focus towards a common goal.


An institution where you can feel taken care of


On excercise the same tends to practised without advancement into new ways
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It was great to be in the Army Reserve.

I enjoyed all the work and meeting other people. I learnt about team building.


Team biulding.


Can have long hours.
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Fun and great group of people to work with

report writing, briefing reports, intelligence gathering, assimilation of information, high level of confidentiality, fire fighting, team skills and first aid


great people


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3.4 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.4 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.8 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.5 out of 5 stars for Management
3.3 out of 5 stars for Culture

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