Staying Employed 50 weeks

by Dougerd
(Camp LeJeune, NC. US)

What is the best way to stay employed as a UXO Tech 50 weeks year working short term contracts?

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Jan 05, 2013
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Working UXO 50 weeks a year
by: Steve Cassidy

Great question about working UXO 50 weeks a year but only on short term contracts.

Honestly, I don't know if it's ever been done. I've done it for an extended period of time over a couple months.

Here's an example of what happened with me:

Working at Perris Island on a 3 month job, DMOB'd home. Two days later, I was sent to Jacksonville, FL for a week.

The company DMOB'd me early to drive home so I could fly to Puerto Rico where I worked for a month.

At the end of the contract, I was DMOB'd early and flew to Baltimore to work at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD. Going from Puerto Rico to MD is not fun in the spring. Hot to Cold.

On the way to an Outfitters to get some polartech and goretex, the company called and told me to book a flight to Oakland to work at Concord, CA. Keep in mind I haven't worked at APG one day!

I book my flight and an hour later, the company calls to cancel Concord, CA and continue at APG!

A couple of days a APG goes by and I'm told I'm going to Carpenter's Point! "Where the hell is that?" I asked.

It's a 45 minute drive north of APG. I work there for 3 days which was supposed to be 5 days.

From Carpenter's Point back to APG for a week and a flight home. Can't really remember after that. I think I drove to APG then drove to New Jersey then drove home 17 hours.

Now keep in mind, everytime I DMOB, you get 8 hours of travel pay and Per Diem on travel days whether it's forty five minutes or 17 hours.

I have traveled a lot and this was not fun.

To answer your question, I don't think it's possible due to the ability of a company or multiple companies having concurrent contracts that fit perfectly into your schedule.

My advise is to pick the short term contracts and enjoy some time off and various locals or be permanent hire with a company on long-term contracts.

Hope this helps.

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