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optempo quality of life dwell time

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#1 lrob625

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Posted 09 September 2018 - 22:08

Hello all,

 

Current 19K here. How much time away from home to time at home do aviators get? I'm at about one year gone-one year home right now and really not looking for the same. Just looking for some hard data on how long I should expect to be away from the wife.

 

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#2 Thedude

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Posted 09 September 2018 - 22:48

Optempo, deployments, rotations and CTCs are about the same. Expect to be gone a lot just like you are now.

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 09:44

Alright thanks for the info; when youre home are you actually home? Or are you guys tasked out to the max with details and working past COB like we are down here on the line?

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 13:40

Alright thanks for the info; when youre home are you actually home? Or are you guys tasked out to the max with details and working past COB like we are down here on the line?

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25th cab yes.



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Posted 12 September 2018 - 10:08

There are some other things in between CTC, fields time and deployments that will take you away from home as well.  Stuff like dunker, mountain training, and career schools.  If you're looking to stay home you need to get out of the Army.



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Posted 15 November 2018 - 23:55

This depends on your airframe mostly, but also the unit you are assigned to. 

 

Home time is not home time. The typical aviation battalion can expect at least 1-2 CTC rotations in a year. If you are attack that also means 2-3 gunneries a year. if your battalion is super motivated, you'll do field exercises in conjunction. 

 

I got home from Afghanistan, was home for about 2 months, then was at a gunnery for 2 weeks, was home two weeks, back out to a gunnery again for 2 weeks, home for a month, gone to JRTC for a month, then we were home for about 2 months before another gunnery, a SOF exercise, another SOF exercise and another gunnery. All told the average pilot in our company was gone 5 months out of this year away from station on training, in a "dwell" period. 

 

Attack aviation is way undermanned and in demand at CTC rotations and other combined training events. There are training exercises overseas, with foreign governments, etc etc. 

 

I've found I am busier and away from home way more than I was as a grunt. A year on a year off is way better than the current Optempo/quality of life, at least in attack aviation. 

 

It is worth it though if you can survive to PC and track. If you want a home life and predictability - go guard/reserve



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Posted 19 November 2018 - 19:21

 

 

 

 

Attack aviation is way undermanned and in demand at CTC rotations and other combined training events. There are training exercises overseas, with foreign governments, etc etc. 

 

 

 

Wait but i thought the army is still the army without aviation..... :lol:  :lol:  :lol:






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