Single seat super hornets. Those guys are hardly ever gone and they work bankers hours.
For patch wearers, one might do JO squadron tour, EAWS shore, TO, DH before having to reasonably expect orders away from Whidbey. Some Lemoore CAGs let their VAQ or CAG Paddles stay in Whidbey as well.Good call, Brett - esp with VAQ-129 (FRS), Wing, EAWS [flying] and Everett, Bremerton(?), and CSG-11 [non-flying] in the vicinity.
To the OP: Fist - CONGRATS on getting to this stage (no small feat compared to the 99%+ of US citizens who will not have this opportunity)!
I can appreciate the "what platform?" questions (since we've all been there) and concerns about the future from the spouse perspective. Even though the service needs are the main driving function in platform and location, the USN does it's best to meet member's desires. A platform selection can only SOME insight of where the first 1-4 years of duty station might look like following designation.
In retrospect, If I had it all to do over again, I would hope for something (I can't believe I'm saying this) in Norfolk/Va Beach. Why? Because I have 1) moved way too much
2) Spouse could not get settled into a successful career while moving every couple of years.
Transferring/PCS-ing every 2-3 yrs can lead to
I have multiple good friends who (a long time ago) reported to the Hampton Roads area child-less (if not single) and either still live in the same house, or have moved only once or twice (War College and/or Nuc Pwr School), while raising families and doing the various flying and non-flying tours needed to stay on the path to a full career. For them, family stability is a guiding principle. Although mostly do-able in the major fleet concentration areas (Norfolk, San Diego, Jacksonville), I find the most flexibility and affordability is in the Norfolk area (in spite of the awful traffic). FDNF will be very tempting and rewarding...IMHO, FDNF is the best 1st tour a young aviator/DivO can ask for.
- inability to grow equity in a home (build wealth)
- spouse self-worth becomes diminished due to lack of career growth opportunities.
To answer the question: Strike (VFA...Rhino only - not VAQ or F-35) and E-2 can get you there. Tilt (near future) or (some) Rotary are other pipelines. My multi-engine friends report decent stability, but nearly ALL of them are involved in either selling a house or dealing with tenant issues, and I'm aquatinted with most of them via ship tours.
Either way, location stability is never a guaranteed thing, and all part of the program that comes with this privilege of service. I'm sure you've heard that there is no "bad" pipeline (fact), because they ALL offer tremendous opportunity for service and experience.
I hope this helps!
I always describe it as this strange self-loathing place: 100% dependent on military presence/industry for all the nice stuff it has AND 100% the least Navy-friendly town I've ever been stationed in.That's the first time I've ever heard anyone describe HR as military friendly.
You might be stretching it just a bit here ... Still, I agree overall. It's the FCA that we all love to hate but if you stack it up against the shitholes most of our Army/AF brethren are stationed in (plus a certain west-coast NAS), it's a solid place to be stationed.A lot of people shit on Hampton Roads for one reason or another. I've never understood it (besides the tunnel traffic). The place has just about everything you can want, you just have to look for it. Beaches? Check. Water? Check. Sports teams? Check. Colleges? Check. Good food and bars? Check. Rednecks? It's Virginia. Major theater and concerts? Check. Military friendly? Check. Low cost of living? Check. World class amusement parks? Check. Flying clubs? Check. Sailing? Check. Good schools? Check. 12 Costcos and outlets? Check. An airport that can get you wherever you want to go? Check.
Terminal Lance has a strip about these people....