Esteemed Helo Bubbas,
Navy Lieutenant and -60S pilot here getting close to the end of my winging service obligation, will be getting out and doing the airline thing. Considering an IST to the Guard to fly Hawks again and finish out my 20. I've been in contact with my state WOSM, and things sound promising as a "Rated" IST. I'm currently in the sandbox making powerpoints, so the in person stuff will likely have to wait until I get back stateside.
This might sound like an oddball question, but what's the Guard "Quality of Life" like? I get that most of the current fight is places sandy and warm, but are those deployments sourced from the Active side of the Army, Guard, or both? Is it state/unit/equipment dependent? Are there "good deal" EUCOM/PACOM deployments? Also, for a Guard deployment, does everyone go for the entire 6/9/12month period or do folks rotate through?
Hope those questions make sense. As I said, miss the Hawk, but part of my reasons for leaving AD Navy are year long stints away on a boat. Trying to find a better way to do good work but not have my dogs forget me.