Amen. After all, trying to maintain currency/proficiency in 2 (geographically separated) jobs is difficult enough. (ESPECIALLY as a commuter I might add)
Pre-post MLOA? Did that once or twice. What a joke. Scheds just built a line "around" the MLOA. Now I get to work 20-25 days out of the month. No thanks.
My caveats. Don't drop ML and then pick up trips that benefit your schedule/lifestyle. Drop ML and perform your duty (no brainer here). I don't sit reserve anymore, however, when I did I would not drop a mil day in the middle of a reserve block leaving 1-2 days coverage (looks bad). Provide advance notice (MINIMUM 2 weeks for me).
I have no problem working Thanksgiving and then dropping a trip for legitimate (what else is there?) ML on a trip(s) before and after Xmas. In a unit with numerous requirements/high ops-tempo, flying is only conducted before and after the Xmas holiday. Being able to complete all your beans by the end of the half, coupled with the units flying availability, limits your options.