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CSO airframe opstempos

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Hey all, I recently got selected as a CSO and I'm already thinking about the various airframes I could end up on and their opstempos. I don't personally mind one that deploys a little more often if I like the mission but my wife would obviously prefer I'm home. But it seems like the tempos don't vary that dramatically between platforms. Below are the various ones I could drop (though I understand this list will be smaller come drop night) and what I understand to be their tempos.

AFSOC -Gunships (deploy very often) -U-28 (slightly less often than gunships)

ISR -AWACS (not sure) -EC-130 (not very often, maybe the least of the list) -RC-135 (often) -WC/OC-135 (not sure) -JSTARS (often)

Mobility -C-130H (very often) -KC-135 (very often)

Fighter -Strike Eagle (not very often)

Bomber -Bone (somewhat often) -B-52 (often but regular)

Appreciate any insights!

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Hey man. From a U28 perspective we deploy every 6 months for 3 months, so realistically expect to be out for half the year on a deployment. As always, things are changing and subject to change but for now bank on that with deployments. We can talk more if you'd like just send me a private message. 

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I am in the same boat.
 

1. My question is how often would a CSO PCS if the bird they operate on only has one to three duty location? Would they do their entire career at that location or noice between those bases the airframe is based?
 

2. How long would it be before a CSO would be moved into more of leadership over flying?

 

3. What is the OPS tempo for the RJ as far as deployments/tdy/morale/family suitability?

 

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