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Shortest time at sea?

NavyOffRec

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#16
https://www.navytimes.com/news/your...quadrons-whos-really-away-from-home-the-most/


For those curious, the above link answers this question pretty well. Hope this helps some people out. Choosing your first ship is dificult and there's a lot to consider. Thanks to those that originally answered and were helpful and polite.
You realize the only value this provides is information after the fact, a ship on this list may end up keeping the same OPTEMPO, or not, I was on a CVN not in drydock and we did minimal underways for nearly a year, then I have been on a CVN who we were underway all the time, not for deployment but for carrier quals of reserve squadrons, etc.........

Stop trying to figure this out, if trying to get out of doing sea time/minimize time away from your family is your thing then maybe the military is not for you.
 

RUFiO181

Making Recruiting Great Again
#18
https://www.navytimes.com/news/your...quadrons-whos-really-away-from-home-the-most/

For those curious, the above link answers this question pretty well. Hope this helps some people out. Choosing your first ship is dificult and there's a lot to consider. Thanks to those that originally answered and were helpful and polite.
No it doesn't. Ship schedules change all the time and really the most common denominator is that Japan ships "are very likely" get more underway time than stateside ships, but that's no guarantee. I've seen east coast destroyers and cruisers get underway way more than west coast and even FDNF (Japan and Rota) ships.

Picking a ship at OCS isn't going to be a like a fantasy football draft where you can do the research, check the stats and make a decision. You will have a very short time to see the list and make a decision on your first ship at OCS. You won't be able to see their future schedule to include upcoming deployments. Furthermore, a ship who made the list on Navy Times might not be for the next few years.

You wouldn't walk into a job interview and ask "what job will get me the least amount of travel" or "what job can I work less but still earn the same?". If you are asking yourself these questions to include "how to avoid underway time?", then I must say you are seeking the wrong line of work.
 

Brett327

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#19
Past performance not a guarantee of future results.

Absolutely. Basing your decision on that link would be fucking stupid.
Not only do schedules changes constantly, but there's not an accurate schedule of deployment timelines thats unclassified. Make your pick based upon homeport location. That will be the variable that has the most impact on your QOL.
 

sickboy

Active Member
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#20
High OPTEMPO isn't necessarily a bad thing either, particularly when you're brand new. More time underway means more time doing your job which means greater opportunity to get qualified quickly.
 
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#22
https://www.navytimes.com/news/your...quadrons-whos-really-away-from-home-the-most/


For those curious, the above link answers this question pretty well. Hope this helps some people out. Choosing your first ship is dificult and there's a lot to consider. Thanks to those that originally answered and were helpful and polite.

This hasn't been mentioned, but it may be worth looking into Destroyer Squadron 60, which is based in Rota. You'll have to live in Spain which looks like it'd be a concern for you to be away from family, but if you can do it for 1.5 - 2 years, you'll have experiences that'll last a lifetime. Of course you'll be working and at sea most of the time, but chances are you'll get lots of work trips and TEMADDs around the continent and get to be a tourist in all sorts of places. You also have the ability to be insolent and boastful to everyone back home about how cultured and well-traveled you are. :cool:

It's something I've been told a lot about by SWOs who have been based there (and don't stop talking about it) and thought it might be worth for you to look into. You don't know what's out there until you find out, so to speak.

Regardless, I'm wishing you all the best.
 
#23
You wouldn't walk into a job interview and ask "what job will get me the least amount of travel" or "what job can I work less but still earn the same?"
In West Coast tech you almost certainly ask these questions - paraphrasing. Asking about work life/balance is certainly apart of the process. I am not working at a place that will pay $100k a year but require 70 hours a week, when another place will pay $90k a year but require 40 hours a week.

I've done this numerous times.

West Coast Tech isn't the military thus I wouldn't apply OP's strategy to this line of work.
 
#25
40 hours and tech industry don't belong in the same sentence. More like they tell you 40 hours a week and then you work 80! :D That's how they got me.

West Coast Tech isn't the military thus I wouldn't apply OP's strategy to this line of work.

Of course, a strategy that applies across anything is to do your work you're assigned no matter whatever better or easier things are out there. My perspective may be not be the norm because I'm a legitimate workaholic, but if you get a job, you have to do it and do it well, whatever it is.
 
#26
40 hours and tech industry don't belong in the same sentence. More like they tell you 40 hours a week and then you work 80! :D That's how they got me.
Since I have separated I haven't worked over 40 hours a week. If the IWC board doesn't come through, have an offer in which they state 45 hours a week. Smaller company and after talking with them and the onsite it seems honest. I am not a West Coast, but Inland West - might be the difference. Also, I am not a workaholic - need to enjoy the money they pay me.
 

NavyOffRec

Well-Known Member
#27
High OPTEMPO isn't necessarily a bad thing either, particularly when you're brand new. More time underway means more time doing your job which means greater opportunity to get qualified quickly.
good point, it also gives your sailors more time to get qualified, which avoids they "why isn't XXX qualified on XXX watch yet?" with the department head.
 
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