Soldier (Former Employee) – Melbourne VIC – 20 June 2018
Duties vary it was not just about being a soldier but there is the trade that you sign up for as well sometimes days / duties were hard but that is a part of the job requirements the most enjoyable part was the friends / mates, the life long mates and the respect you got to have in the services
OFFICER (Former Employee) – Australia – 11 July 2018
Great education and training opportunities. Poor career management and mentorship. Slightly toxic culture of overworking and peer criticism (talking behind others backs is commonplace). Increasing tendency towards erosion of the chain of command, especially in special forces. Expect and manage these things, and recognise when it's no longer in your interests. I had the privilege to train with people who all expected to go to war - less likely these days so expect to be surrounded by more people who are there for a free ride.
Professional and personal development in training, pay and conditions
Relocations, management, bad merit system, negativity in culture
Rifleman (Former Employee) – Singleton N.S.W – 16 June 2018
Breakfast at 0600 and first parade at 0730. I'd learn about different weapon systems, Army history and ethos. Management was very structure based, with the heirachy of ranks always playing into personal problems and management. Workplace culture was friendship based, however with a strong emphasis on respect. Hardest part of the job would be the unpredictability of the job, and the most enjoyable would be all the different things you learn and the different people from different walks of life.
Private- Driver Specialist/Operator Heavy Vehicle (Former Employee) – Sydney NSW – 8 May 2018
Australian army has a terrible work life balance. It is being destroyed by politically correct trying to use it as a social experiment. The rank are bored and enjoy making people’s lives hard just for the sake of it.
Corporal, Parachute Rigger (Former Employee) – Australia – 1 May 2018
What can I say , I had an amazing adventure with many opportunities for advancement and promotion. All members were looked after and we made many friends and worked as a team. The only real disappointment was the food.
Great organisation to serve in and an honour to be apart or such an organisation however its time to move on for me. I believe its time to move on with my life and be a civilian again. I believe any organisation who employs me will benefit greatly from the plethora of skills i have acquired from the Australian Army and my 7.10 years of military experience
Team Leader and Manager (Former Employee) – Sydney NSW – 27 March 2018
The army isn't for everyone. The management can be non-existent at times, and living in the field isn't everyone's cup of tea. The work-load can be repetitive and monotonous. Despite all that, I thoroughly enjoyed my time serving in the Australian Army. The people you work with compensate for the negatives. The army is built upon camaraderie and with free medical and dental, the army is definitely a great place of employment.
Joining the Australian defence force has definitely been one of my proudest moments in my life. It is unfortunate that I was unable to have a long career in the army but for unforseen medical circumstances I was no longer fit to serve. The army was a great experience and have learnt many things in that time.
great mateship, job security, great qualifications
Electronic Systems Technician (Current Employee) – Darwin NT – 15 February 2018
Army is a place for advancement and learning. there are so many different avenues the important part is choosing one that is right for you. Possibly spending months out field or overseas deployed. Plenty of pt and sport and extra activities to be done. locations are limited to chose from around Australia and usually moving every few years.
Design Draftsman (Former Employee) – Perth WA – 6 February 2018
A typical day for a tradesperson would be conducting some manner of heavy fitness training and working within a workshop environment conducting maintenance on military equipment. A typical day can also be in a living in field environment either supporting or actively participating in combat scenarios or deployed on peacekeeping activities or in an active war zone.
A great deal of training goes into you and you learn to wear a number of different hats, keeping up to date with all of it can be challenging at times. The constant physical requirements and having to be away over long periods and function under physically and mentally demanding conditions can also present difficulties.
In terms of benefits, your job is secure for the most part, lots of training and learning opportunities, and you are well looked after for the most part in terms of renumeration and benefits which improve as you rise up the ranks.
Tank crewman (Current Employee) – Townsville – 29 January 2018
The hardest part of the job is constantly being away and not having some sort of routine. This is not a 9-5 job per se. Being away for around 10 days a month for 7-8 months takes its toll, not only on the body but the mind as well. But that's what we signed up for, now it is time for moving forward.
Quartermaster (Former Employee) – Enoggera QLD – 26 December 2017
The work/life balance was great. management is different depending on your corps. hardest part of working in the military was being away from family for long periods of time. Most enjoyable part was the friendship i made.