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Most of the thinking is done for you

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Do what you are told, its a pretty cruisy job. You're told where to be, when and generally supplied with all the things you need to bring. Need to put up with some ego's in management.
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Don't waste your life

Many requirements, medical, psychological and abstract reasoning exams, assessments and interview. the recruitment process is very time consuming. the test has nothing to do with the role for which it is applied.During the time I spent in the army I realized that they have very little value for cultural diversity, they do not admit diverse staff.In the army they ask for a lot and give very little. This job is for someone with a true vocation to serve humanity. The salaries are not good and they have to travel to remote areas for weapons training. I don't think it's worth spending your life on a job like that.They promote that there is balance in life. That is false, what kind of lifestyle should an individual who lives in remote areas have?


Tax and pension benefit


Social benefits are dismal compared to the private sector. in the Army they don't value people, you are just a number.
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  • Inclusive work environment
  • Trust in colleagues
  • Sense of belonging
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  • Fair pay for job
  • Ability to learn new things
  • Supportive environment

Ya get smashed

Performance punishment at its best. If your good at your job you'll stay the same rank and go nowhere, whilst other people around you get rewarded for doing sweet FA.
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Good job and company gerat payband benifits work forn yourslef be your own boss. Provide good incentives and excellent culture. Would go back here in a heartbeat
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A good place to work and friendship

Overall a good career and a chance to see Australia and overseas rather in combat or support rolls😀It also has a great physical training section part of your working week As well as great super to support you when you need


Easy food /all meals supplies


7 day f/n
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Productive and engaging

You get out what you put in..Away alot on exercise but get 1 extra day if leave for every 10 days out field.Great salary and leave over Christmas which is a bonus




Long hours
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Challenging and Rewarding - But not for everyone

The army was a fantastic experience with ample room to grow, learn and develop both personally and professionally. Everyday was different and I worked with an amazing group of people. This job is 100% not for everyone, you will be put outside of your comfort zone regardless of role and resilience is definitely needed.
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Different and fun

Taught new skills and learn to work in a small team, Pays decent and leadership is like any other government agency a lucky rip, definitely recommend if you want a change of scenery in life
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A life changing experience , that has helped me through many of life's ups & downs'

I was in the Army back in the1980s ,my time in was great, still in contact with many friends .i cant say that things are better or worse now ,but it was the best job i ever had .
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It's not a Job, it's a lifestyle.

Service comes with many benefits professionally, financially and personally. The training is challenging but rewarding and the College is a world unto itself. Be prepared for zero work life balance during training. Once graduating and moving into the wider workplace, the work life balance improves.Leadership is sub par at the best of times and accountability is a dirty word.Service has it's perks, but think hard, it's not for everyone.
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busy and away a lot

The commanders are very hit and miss and can be very dismissive. When not out field the flexibility is great but expect to be away 4-6 months per year


flexible when not away, great benefits


terrible commanders
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I loved the Army

I loved the Army loved my job loved everything about it. That is until they introduced the PESA testing. They say it’s all corps but it’s very easy for the men hard for the women especially the short ones. Great job though my body just couldn’t keep it up. They will be paying for it in VA claims from women in the not so distant future would be my guess.
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A sence/feeling of service

A structured and rank based organisation. Hard work is rewarded. A strong culture of camaraderie and 'supporting your mates.' Remuneration to a significant level with a range of benefits factored in. Great organisational support for additional training.


Structured work environment, support for personal and vocational development.


Lack of independence.
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Hard work for those capable

Military culture has a lot to make up for. The job satisfaction, self worth and overall vibe is positive, not much feels better than serving your country with people who will become your brothers and life long friends.However tall poppy syndrome is spread wide through the community which can, in some severe cases, affect peoples lives greatly
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Repetitive and challenging environment

Went in mentally sound, with a bright future. Left insane, mentally disturbed and nowhere to go.What you see in the movies, doesn’t even scratch the surface of the real thing.Prepare to have dreams and aspirations shattered. You will be want they want you to be. Period.




Repetitive activities
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Slow pace at times, best to sit back with a coffee and wait

Most of the time you will be sitting around waiting. when the job is on, thats when you wont have a chance to think just do. normal day starts at 0730, conduct PT (run, gym or pool). after PT you will have a chance for some food before starting an admin or training need before lunch. after lunch at 1300 depending on the unit you may do Personal PT or more admin/training. knock off time depends on the unit some will finish if there isn't anything happening other will wait until 1600, even if you have sat there all day on your phone or staring at the fly on the wall asking stupid questions. like where do they sleep?


long hours, some times awake for days. not joking.
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A great start in life for a young adult.

I joined the Australian Army at 17. As a young kid thats all I wanted to do after seeing my father serve. I completed 17 years and seen many amazing things and learnt a lot and matured. The Army was my a part of my family.


Great incentives


Hard on a family life. Lots of time away
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Great place to get life skills

The Australian ARMY is a great place to work and learn great skills to help you in your life.If I was young enough I would join up again.Great mates and hard work but you are protecting the greatest country in the world AUSTRALIA.


Great life long mates


It is hard work
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Enjoyable for a short amount of time

A typical day consist of physical training for an hour then breakfast. After breakfast you parade at our company and wait to be given tasks to complete throughout the day before you go home.


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Long periods away for home
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Worst job role in the ADF

This job role, among many others within the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corp (RAAOC) is the most unfulfilling, under paid and over worked role within the ADF. You are assigned to a unit after a short period of employment training (3 months), and upon arrival you and your peers become the target for all problems in the unit regarding logistic support. The ADF's supply chain and logistic processes are SEVERELY flawed, archaic and unnecessarily over engineered to conduct even the most simple of transactions and exacerbated by inept leadership within RAAOC. The hierarchy cross all ranks of the Chain of Command, consists of "yes men" who will put the needs of themselves and their image over the needs of their subordinates; the same can be said about The Army as a whole. There is little to ponder regarding the increasing discharge rate for this job role and Army, especially among Junior Non Commissioned officers(JNCO)/lower enlisted. You will be expected to undertake the worst tasks, completely outside the scope of your job role, make up for lost time outside of work hours, have no work/life balance and be paid peanuts to do so
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Working with hierarchy

Some deadlines and work commitments are unrealistic and with the downsizing of personnel the work output is increasing exponetially. Work starts at 0700 and finishes at 1600. The workplace culture is dependant on what area you work at. The hardest part of work commitment is the family moving from area to area to change schools and friends.
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Based on 246 reviews

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3.5 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
4.3 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.5 out of 5 stars for Management
3.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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