- May 22, 2018
It is definitely a carrot and stick cadence. I had completed my OCS pay back while I was in Spain but owed a bit more for the Tuition Aid I took for the M.S. I got after-hours in Spain. Maybe just one more tour then. They offered me orders to Naples, I said sure, visions of a fabulous PCS road-trip driving from Spain to Italy via Monte Carlo (yes, it was epic, 23 years old, a sports car and my best friend), and then realized DoD OCONUS tour lengths are usually a mandatory 3 years. What’s another year, I’ll have more travel time in the Med and Europe. Then they dangled a 6-month school in San Francisco followed by Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, for which I would incur new OBLISERV, but was a coveted spot in a new curriculum. Off I went, so owed another tour after that. Success led to promotion after my first competitive promotion board. Then I screened for XO, and and that led to O-5 promotion which led to screening for command, throw in two rotations to Pearl Harbor and multiple to SoCal, invited to be a BattO, rinse and repeat for promotion to captain and screening for major command…and then it’s 26 years later and the time has flown by. No regrets. None.Have to admit, that's the "trap" a lot of my peers have fallen into. Screened for NSWDG, White House, JOCCP, CNODP, Naval Postgraduate School, LEP, Olmsted, FSEP...list goes on.
"Aw man, that's real cool...I'll do this real quick and then get out. Three year obligation is only one more tour."
It's like the Navy knows what it's doing.