Thanks for the info. My number one choice of location is Whidbey Island. Hopefully it pans out.VR FTS pilots are gone frequently. There are some 6 month dets overseas that rotate through the C-130 dudes for an actual deployment, I'm not for sure if it's a specific C-130 squadron or is shared, I'll see if I can get some clarification for you asap. The majority of time gone for VR FTS dudes is a week trip here, a few days there, and covering for a SELRES when his orders are up and has to come home.
In the end, I'd recommend choosing the place you want to live. Surprisingly, a place such as SoCal VR is a popular choice...
Thank you for the insight. I will be thrilled going anywhere to fly anything so the preference list is minor. Just glad to get the opportunity to stay flying.Pick location, if that isn't a factor, pick C-40s. The Herc community has some challenges that I don't foresee improving in the future. The Herc's have longer trips because they are very slow but they do go to some interesting locations. All VR, minus VR-1 and the ETD's, det out of three locations on a somewhat permanent rotation. C-40's fly a mix of everything and you will be gone quite a lot. I have probably averaged 4-5 months per year away from home over the course of my VR time (9 yrs). The Herc squadrons always seem to be undermanned, so the odds are that you will get one of them. Like everything in the Navy, its always timing dependent.
High vis/profile missions and all the associated drama and politics that go with it.Does anyone know much about VR-1 in terms of how long their trips are or how often you'd spend away from home compared to the traditional VR squadrons? Any major advantages or disadvantages to that mission?
That's what I read, that it was a second FTS tour thing. It was on the slate, though.Very different animal than a traditional VR. They usually don't send many new guys there but it does happen depending on manning. Nice planes, good RONs, full dispatch, DV silliness.
It doesn't address monies already paid out. Anyone have any idea if those 1XFOS officers selected have to pay the bonus money back?As a 1xFOS under the ACCP, you are eligible for the lateral transfer or FTS board and if selected, future ACCP installments will be cancelled.
If it's the same as previous years (and it looks like it is), no bonus repayment due to 1xFOS and selection to a different community.Regarding bonus recipients applying for FTS...
From the PERS-43 FAQ page:
It doesn't address monies already paid out. Anyone have any idea if those 1XFOS officers selected have to pay the bonus money back?
That is certainly False.Without being current at the end of 20, I can kiss airlines goodbye.