Okay, so I didn’t get that last job, but I did get an interview scheduled for another one - on our local Army base. It would be (obviously) a civilian job, comes out of NAF funds.
Again it would be a pay cut if I got it. However, I’d know a little more about whether I’d want to consider it if I knew more about the benefits. I was looking around on the various websites but it’s sort of unclear, so I thought maybe some of you would know. (Of course I would ask all about this if offered the job, but I’d like to have some idea going in.)
My husband works on post, but he’s a contractor. He can’t use pretty much anything there that he couldn’t use as somebody without any special access at all. Are government employees the same? I know they can’t use the exchange, but what about other stuff like the entertainment options or the gyms or daycare facilities?
What does the insurance tend to be like? The information I could find indicates it’s really expensive, but it doesn’t tell me if it’s subsidized at all or if the price I’m seeing is the real price.
Essentially, are there any benefits to the base if you’re not a soldier or family? Because there are plenty of drawbacks - it’s a pain in the ass to get on, the insurance looks expensive, the Army takes for-freaking-ever to cross the road, it’s a weirdly conservative environment, etc. There’s always base closure to worry about, the population is transient, god knows it’s an alphabet soup, all that. Although it would be nice to not have drunk bums ogling me at work. So that’s one positive, many negatives - are there any other positives?