There is no organization, where you have just as good a chance to succeed as the person next to you. Whatever demographic you use to judge by, everyone has the same opportunities to succeed.
Support from management
The military is all about growing. Senior personnel coach, teach and mentor younger or junior (in rank) personnel. But good leaders listen to everyone, and they support good people and help them grow.
If you can't be part of a team, this is not the organization for you. Everything is about contributing to the team. You have to depend on one another, because in the worst case scenario, your lives are in each other's hands.
Freedom to work independently
It's called initiative, and it's more about being able to do what needs to be done, without being told to do it. If you are a self-starter, you will rise in the ranks quickly in the military.
Some organizations are better than others, but for the most part, there is good communication across the board within the military.
Women have become General Officers. Women fly combat aircraft. It's only getting better for them in the military. If your are harrassed, make it know immediately. See the Commanders and Lawyers immediately, and it will be dealt with appropriately.
Attitude towards older colleagues
You won't like everyone you serve with, and some of them won't like you. But that's OK. You still support one another and have each other's backs when it counts. Some will be the best friends you ever have.....for life.
Coach, teach, mentor, promote. No organization grows leaders, managers and develops their people better.
Overall compensation for your work
You are never paid what you're worth, whether you're in the military or not. But, you will get equal pay for doing the same job at the same rank as anyone standing next to you. And, the experience you get will make you very marketable when you get out, and help you earn a better wage as a civilian.
Office / Work Environment
You'll spend a lot of time in the office, and a lot of time deployed these days. You'll get to travel; sometimes to some great places, and other times to places you'd rather not be. But, defending a nation, and the US way of life is worth the sacrifice.
The military is more environmentally friendly than any corporation that you will work for. They weren't a long time ago, but they are cleaning up their mistakes from the past, and they abide by EPA laws these days. A cardinal rule is to leave any place you go, in better shape when you leave than it was when you got there.
You're going to work hard, but you'll get to play hard. You get 30 days paid vacation/leave each year, on top of all of the national holidays. If you don't get to use your vacation, it's your fault for not taking it. Unless you're self employed, there isn't another company that can touch this!!
I think it's stellar, given what it used to be when I joined in the 80s.
Stay away from drugs, don't get a DWI, pass your physical fitness tests, don't abuse your family and you can stay as long as you like. Mess any of these up, and you'll be out of a job, immediately.
Getting better, especially with all of the wounded warriors from recent conflicts.
Safety is paramount in the military. You even have to play by safety rules when you're practicing combat. Example: riding in a vehicle, knowing that bad guys are waiting to ambush you. In real life, you won't wear a seat belt to restrain your movement if you get shot at, but when you practice this in one of the training centers, you will wear that seatbelt.
How about figuring out how much food you need and getting it to every place that needs it in 5 different countries for 250,000 soldiers for 3 meals a day? Then realize that is only 1/10th of your daily responsibilities.
Inclusive / Diverse
The military doesn't care about your race, sex, religion, or other demographic. Like any organization or culture, there are those who slip in that are prejudiced, but when the military finds them, they weed them out.
Suggestions for improvement
- Get more young men and women to serve.
What I like about the company
If you can stay for 20 years, you will receive a retirement pension for the rest of our life. And, the medical benefits are unmatched. Right now, there is no better health care system than Tricare offers military retirees, and it's free.
What I dislike about the company
Congress decides every year whether or not they are going to decide to take away your benefits. Even after you served your country for 20 years, they may choose to not give you a cost of living increase, or to start charging you for health insurance that you were told would be free when you signed the contract 20 years ago. Republicans are pro spending on military, Democrats prefer to cut military spending.