Anyway you slice it the -135 community is busy with deployments, operational taskings, training sorties, and trips. As far as deployments are concerned, as a new Lt. you’re going to be asked to do a 2 month (72 day) rotation for the first couple years. The guard is split between “bucket” and “rainbow” deployments, both have their pros and cons. The busy tempo has had an affect on the morale at some loactions. Which makes the decision for “on the fence” guys to head to the airlines that much easier.
In my humble opinion I feel the deployed mission is extremely rewarding. Having the opportunity to offload gas to a receiver that is supporting the dudes on the ground is only second to actually being the strike package guy. Our stateside mission also includes Aero Evac, Troop Movement, Coronets, etc. All of which have their rewarding moments.
In the same breath the mission can be monotonous and bland. Flying in circles for hours just waiting on your receivers , who sometimes never show up.
AD, AFRC, ANG! Tankers are everywhere. But if you go AD you can almost expect to go to McConnell or Fairchild.
Feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions.
Hope this helps!