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BartNFocus  
#1 Posted : Monday, April 12, 2021 8:07:00 PM(UTC)
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A little background. I am currently a NT-5 in Singapore, working for the DON. I am coming up on my 18 month mark on a 36 month tour here. I am on the fence about putting in for an extention (have a 3 year old that is not growning up around or seeing his grandparents and extended family, and a 14 year old that wasn't able to travel with us to Singapore, for custody reasons, that we miss dearly). I am trying to figure out, along with the PPP research as to when to put myself on the list, when would one start applying for other government/contractor positions, just in case PPP falls through? I was recruited out of Arizona (worked for Intel), but really really want to go back home to Florida. Any advice or true hollywood stories??
0018 Hopeful  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, April 28, 2021 6:20:12 AM(UTC)
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Here is mine.

Wife decided she'd had enough of Europe, for that time and we decided not to apply for an extension.

I got an email that from CPAC (HR for non Army types) and was told that they were putting me on PPP as I had gotten promoted in Germany.

About a week later I got a call for an interview and then got a position.

At about month 32 (after letting your command know) I'd start applying for jobs. That way you are only curtailing a month or two early.

I got another promotion leaving so they didn't harass by leaving early.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, May 20, 2021 6:16:55 AM(UTC)
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A little background. I am currently a NT-5 in Singapore, working for the DON. I am coming up on my 18 month mark on a 36 month tour here. I am on the fence about putting in for an extention (have a 3 year old that is not growning up around or seeing his grandparents and extended family, and a 14 year old that wasn't able to travel with us to Singapore, for custody reasons, that we miss dearly). I am trying to figure out, along with the PPP research as to when to put myself on the list, when would one start applying for other government/contractor positions, just in case PPP falls through? I was recruited out of Arizona (worked for Intel), but really really want to go back home to Florida. Any advice or true hollywood stories??




How are you liking Singapore overall though? I had a position lined up for there last year but Covid happened so I had to turn it down. Now I am trying to get there again
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#4 Posted : Saturday, June 12, 2021 12:20:53 PM(UTC)
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Spent a lot of time there, my coworker retired there after doing his 5 years.

It's a modern, safe, predominantly Asian nation hanging off the end of Malaysia.

Demographically it is interesting much like UAE with the huge mix of groups of people most Americans have very little time getting to know.

Food is great.

It is the most modern place I have ever been, every time I got there it is reborn and more modern than the last time.

Shopping is excellent.

Safe for women and children unlike most of the countries in that region.

Saying that they have a ton of laws, and you'd want to keep on top of them.

A strange one is that are never allowed to touch someone without their permission, so the normal western habit of tapping on someones shoulder to get their attention is strictly taboo.

It's humid and wet and super hot. There is a ton of stuff to do.

Quick trips to Australia, Japan and India are easy short flights.

The only person in my series there is a GS-11. I don't know that I would drop that far, but might for my last tour.
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