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Lol very neat. I hope he works with a good crew. Tim doesn’t mind his job, but his supervisor can be a real strange person sometimes.
A TDY is a temporary duty. It’s kinda sorta (not really) like a baby deployment.
Typically, they last between 1 and 3 months depending on the assignment/mission. Legally, they have to be less than 6 months. Otherwise that’s long enough to be considered a deployment.
How frequently someone has to go on them really varies based on their career field. For example, Tim does maintenance on F-22’s; if the planes are required to leave Elmendorf for extended periods of time, he and the rest of the crew have to travel along with them. As a result, Tim just started the second TDY that he’s had this calendar year. For the first one, he worked at a base here in Florida for about a month. Now, he is going to be “working” offshore on some islands in the pacific for awhile (aka doing his normal job, and then snorkeling and tanning in his free time). They haven’t told him exactly how long he will be there for, but we believe it should only last roughly a month as well.
I don’t know how it works in other career fields or in other branches of the military, but usually TDYs nothing to stress about (at least not in Tim’s case). He is doing the same kind of jobs and takes he normally completes daily up in Anchorage, just at a different base. The only thing that sucks is we typically just have to deal with a 4 hour time difference, but now we have to deal with a 14 hour time difference for awhile.
Hope this helps :)
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