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The incoming commander of the RCAF is an ACSO; he will be a Lieutenant General.
Juliandam26 said:I didn't really knew where to post this question, so I apologies if you think this is not the proper tread.
elsalado said:So I guess if I want a stable family life this job wouldn't be the best choice?
elsalado said:I don't mean any offense by that. I mean in terms of having to move the family around every 3-5 years, sometimes to remote towns. Things such as the children having to change schools so often and the wife/husband not being able to maintain a stable career, depending on what that career is, and constantly having to sell houses and finding new places to live. I'm sure there are people who don't mind that and maybe even might enjoy that. Then there's me potentially being deployed for long periods of time. Maybe I'm overthinking this, but I've seen so many posts about divorces, air forces guys being on their third wives, wives/ husbands being unable to put up with the lifestyle and general resentment.
Of course I've also seen posts from people with great family lives too. I've just seen so many horror stories that it has me thinking about it.
prima6 said:It somewhat depends on what airframe you wind up flying on. Maritime helicopter guys probably deploy the most on average, but it will also depend if you get other deployments (such as Afghanistan or a UN deployment) which you can get no matter what airframe you're on. A buddy of mine on Sea Kings was away from home for more than a year in his first 2 years on squadron (14 months I think). Guys who go SAR probably deploy less frequently and for much shorter periods of time. Auroras are probably somewhere in the middle.
Dimsum said:I'm not a Pilot, but the life of an ACSO (schedule-wise) is similar to a Pilot in the Aurora/Sea King communities. I'll just chime in with some easier answers:
- Personal life: Yes, most of the postings aren't next to urban centres, but what you define as "meaningful personal life" will come into play. Being originally from Toronto, it took a while for me to adjust to CFB Comox, but by the time I left I thought I was in one of the best possible posting locations (FYI, Comox is a town of about 20,000 people about an hour away from Nanaimo, BC). As for relationships, each one is different but the bottom line, IMHO, is if that person isn't good with moving or independent enough to deal with you not being around, it's not going to work. Also, if you are intent on flying (vice shifting to more of a "staff officer" role in HQ), then the chances of being posted to urban centres (Ottawa, Winnipeg, etc.) would be correspondingly less.
- Career progression: It's a bit tough to read, but each IPC (e.g. for Capt the 1-10) corresponds to each year you've been at that rank. The various letters (A through E) mean the type of entry plan you enrol in (ROTP, etc.) Many times Pilots will be "double-promoted" from 2LT to Capt since Lt and Capt are generally time-based ranks, but I have seen Lt Pilots before.
- Cost of living: Not all remote locations are cheap; 4 Wing Cold Lake, for example, is getting some publicity in the news b/c due to housing prices thanks to the oil/gas industry. Also, Post Living Differential (PLD) will vary between posting locations, and some will seem woefully inadequate to the current housing prices (again, Cold Lake.)