Posted on Sep 1, 2015
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MAJ Contracting Officer
There is a significant cultural shift from the military which is about empowerment and teamwork, most civilian agencies are about doing what you are told, when you're told to do with without expressing your opinions to your boss. It's a sad truth that makes it difficult for some of us to adjust. (there are good bosses and bad ones) most civilians are not given authority until they are at the senior level after spending years at the bottom and they expect the same sort of tolerance from their subordinates.
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SGT David T.
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I agree with your assessment. Honestly, I had more responsibility as a SGT than my boss who is a GS-15 equivalent has. That is nothing against her, it is just how the civil service is set up.
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Sad isn't it.
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I know a lot of veterans who work at VA and are satisfied with their work. I would not recommend DHS for veterans - DHS is an umbrella organization that adds no value and creates additional bureaucracy. Not the kind of environment for veterans...
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I am transferring to DHS (Coast Guard) soon, and hoping it is a positive environment.
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I hope it is too. I was thinking more of HQ than field jobs...
CW5 Regimental Chief Warrant Officer
Its only easier because you can quit. The difference is that you also lose your method of earning wages on the spot without waiting for a chapter.
Our military culture is geared towards 'doing' rather than not. I could easily get a job as a Wal Mart greeter but personally I couldn't stand the idea of, in reality, doing mostly nothing.

Little story: When my dad went to Russia in the early 90s, during communism, he said that everyone had a job. Someone was at the hotel to open the door, another to bring your bags in the door, another to bring your bags to the desk, another to bring your bags to the elevator, another to look at your room key and push the button for the elevator, another to push the button inside the elevator, another to bring your bags to the room and finally another to open the door to your room for you.
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So I want to backpedal a bit. Most places you work at want you to work. The deal is in the military, we are expected to receive the order and move out smartly. When I get out, I will have to realize that my sense of urgency may not need to be the same as it was while in.

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