I'm in the 4rth month of my compulsory, military service at the rank of Private. I'm knowledgeable and (un)lucky enough to be enlisted in the IT - Research Corps, so my military life so far has been 10% training - 90% fixing things or coming up with solutions; intranet, computers, printers, everything tech related in general, and my day to day routine is more office work than armed posts eg. patrolling or guarding.
Everyone is looking to spend as little time in the army as possible, as we're essentially forced to service. It is not rare -but not often as well, for soldiers who go the extra mile in taking care of the camp, cleaning, painting, participating in ceremonials etc, to be rewarded with honorary absences of leave; it doesn't happen in my case though, and I'm frustrated about it. It looks like what is expected of my post versus the actual effort I put into things is uneven. Moreover, very few manage to join IT-R Corps, and because of low manpower, we go out of camp once every ~10 days, while the infantry once every 2 or 3 days.
Currently, I'm the only private suitable for the job, being an electrical engineer and a programmer; the majority of other people have not undergone any form of higher education. So far, I have automated some bureaucratic processes, created applets that were integrated to the local network, and provided some quality of life improvements that cut down on the absurd amount of paperwork a little bit. The problem is that all this work is presented as a department effort, not as an individual one, and the credits go to the director. On a specific incident that happened earlier todat; some officers were trying to solve a network-thingy for nearly two weeks now, I managed to solve it alone in just one evening yesterday. While the master sergeant in the department is very friendly and compassionate, he let it slide as a personal achievement for himself, not mentioning my help to anyone as far as I know.
The event added to my overall disappointment, and I'm seriously considering to abandon the department, and forcefully asking to be detached to the infantry force. This, or provide bare minimum effort to get by unpunished, while showing complete indifference; I'm not looking to build a military career after all, I'm just a conscript. I have no moral qualms about the above thoughts, and any other solution will be warmly welcomed. The question in title can also apply to any context outside of the military. What should I do?