Q: Do you get to travel much while you’re in Afghanistan?
A: Alas, no.
As Tier 3 support, my job is to handle enterprise (read: overarching) issues. I don’t get to do much with the physical side of the house, so I’m mostly camped out in one place. Occasionally, there are opportunities for someone to go do some hands-on field work, but I’ve not been the one going out just yet.
When I do travel, I tend to go to major bases. Since I “graduated” from field tech to system engineer, the opportunities available for me at the smaller bases has dwindled significantly. When they do have positions, they don’t pay nearly as much for the effort involved, so… here I sit.
While I was studying abroad (Milan & Tokyo) I was able to get out and explore. Of course, being a broke ass law student means not having the cash to travel in style, so I ended up limiting my excursions. I did, however, manage to make it to Switzerland, Germany, and France while in Milan, and I did a ton of local exploration while in Tokyo. I considered doing more, but a) I was there to learn, not screw around and b) I find travel more satisfying when I have the money to do the things I want to do.
That being said, I may try to plan a lovely travel trip post-graduation if I can. I (should) be in the somewhat unique position of having a bit of cash left over after law school… versus the debt my poor classmates are likely to have. We shall see.