Good words, GP. Here is an article with a bit more on the advisor mission. You can see how thankful the Afghans are for our time and money: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/09/27/world/asia/us-is-struggling-in-its-effort-to-build-an-afghan-air-force.html?_r=2&referer=
Don't do it. No vag there. No one will blame you if you jump ship, I'm pretty sure. It's not helping America, and it's for sure not worth your life. If you can get out of it, by all means, run far and run fast.
I went over there as a non vol staff weenie. The orders were a gift on my 18 year, 360th day in the AF (no shit). Pretty much every prior E gets hit with these so I knew it was coming. I let it roll, because I wanted to roll the dice vs not having to serve a sentence at the 'Deid. I flew quite a bit as a "guardian angel" which means that while the IPs are trying to teach the Afghans to fly airplanes, you sit in back, ready to cap one that gets out of hand.
I'm a 39 year old dude, and not made to run around with full body armor on every day, yet that's what I did. Even as a staff weenie, I still had an Afghan counterpart that I was trying to "mentor". As far as the flying goes, the Afghans are pretty terrible at it as a general rule. If you have never had the opportunity to teach a C-130 "AC" that he needs to keep one wing low when landing in a cross wind, this is your opportunity. Everything you do is dangerous. I raised my rifle with intent to shoot over two occasions in the one year I was there. I didn't end up pulling the trigger for different reasons each time, but the threat was still there. Had a truck bomb go off right outside the base gate one morning. If I had not been lazy, I would have been right by it on my morning run. Two of my former office mates were killed two weeks ago when their helo Caught a mooring cable from an aerostat on a routine visit to headquarters. Getting out of there in tact both physically and mentally is about luck, not skill.
The mission is pretty hopeless, and you will come home disgruntled at both the Air Force and the 16 years of terrible foreign policy our country as a whole has had.
Oh, add on to your 365 two months at lovely McGuire AFB under GO 1 for Air Advisor training, where you will receive a code on your SURF saying that you can do that and are highly susceptible to having to do it again.
Overall, I'd take the Deid any day over that place. I promise I will write more coherently when I have not been drinking. Please feel free to fire away with further questions.
That job + all the extraneous factors going on in the AF I joined 20 years ago made me push the button for retirement. I'm done. They took away any love I might have had left for our service.
Sorry I can't speak more to the guard/reserve aspect, but I might be able to come up with what I remember when I have not been going shot for shot with my wife for every kid at our door who is that bitch from Frozen.
This program is a sink hole for all the other services too. I currently work with several Air Force, Navy, and Marine "Hands". The only one getting anything out of it is the Marine, who was put there simply as a holding pattern until he took over as a Squadron commander (C-130 pilot), and therefore it made no difference to him. One of the Navy dudes is an F/A-18 bubba, USNA grad, and getting tagged for this program will take him out of the cockpit...And promotion potential to O-4 for good.
AFPAK Hands - RUN! Run far and run fast. It may have been fun back in the days when they got to roam around Afghanistan with a full beard, sleep in mud huts and do whatever they wanted to...(For some, not me) I work with a bunch of them here and these days they all go to non flying staff gigs. It's a terrible deal. Two deployments required. One 10 months and the other 12 months. A shitty deal all around.
They have been trying to justify the incredible cost overruns of PDF forms for years, and recently put in a proposal to cut all IBM forms, however congress is preventing it's retirement due to it's effectiveness.
From the CAF perspective - Dr's only purpose in life is to make you not able to fly/do your job. We have a LtCol pilot in Afghanistan right now with a broken wrist. His fix? A wrist guard from the BX. Maybe a bit extreme, but now you understand the mentality. Does said knee injury prevent you from running/jumping/walking? If so, Dr. is needed. If you can tough it out, no Dr. needed.
So I was having problems too from the AD side trying to log in from out of country. I turned on the VPN to the U.S. and the problem went away. Possible solution? I don't know how many of you are out of country.
Anyone know of the ramifications of marking the box "I am not interested in school right now" on your 3849? I just did that because I'm currently on a 365, and a prior at the 19 year mark. Not ready to commit to another three years just this second. I put that down as my reason as well.