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    That's just it- I don't think they notified me at all. I was called up and simply given a day to schedule CRC. I found out later I had my interim. It was almost a "no news is good news" type scenario.
    After passing your background how long would you say it was before you were contacted by the security team to start the eQIP?
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    From my experience it would seem that an interim is just a really quick background check. Provided they don't find any immediate red flags you can get an interim in as little as a few weeks- at least I did. Once you get it you're good to get started. It should be noted though that you can get an interim and ultimately be denied a clearance altogether. I've only ever held a Secret level clearance so I'm pretty sure it's different if you need a TS.

    But yeah, in the meantime they'll tell you not to quit your day job until they give you a date to ship out. It's a bit difficult to try and tip-toe around all these requirements they throw at you without tipping off your current employer. A physical exam, dental exam, finger prints, paperwork out the wazoo (and getting it notarized). It's a tad stressful trying to keep it on the DL.
    Fulcrum45, you are so right. Tip-Toe around is the best description. By the way, vaccinations scheduled for wednesday
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    Quote Originally Posted by mizterkewl View Post
    After passing your background how long would you say it was before you were contacted by the security team to start the eQIP?
    I did my eQIP as part of my first batch of paperwork. The Interim came afterwards around 2 weeks after I submitted my fingerprints.
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    Fulcrum45, you are so right. Tip-Toe around is the best description. By the way, vaccinations scheduled for wednesday
    Nice! Moving along. Surely it'll be any day now.
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    I did my eQIP as part of my first batch of paperwork. The Interim came afterwards around 2 weeks after I submitted my fingerprints.
    Alright just trying to figure everything out. Going through everything now.
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    @LittleBIT,

    What kind of referrals?
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    @LittleBIT,

    What kind of referrals?
    Basically fill out paperwork and a recruiter will contact you if you fit a position. Plus a nice 1k perk.
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    For vectrus or another company?
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    @ Aljaha2- I think he's referring to Vectrus. Any news on the job front btw?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fulcrum45 View Post
    @ Aljaha2- I think he's referring to Vectrus. Any news on the job front btw?
    Hey Fulcrum45, thanks for the clarification regarding the referrals. As far as CRC updates, nothing yet . I did get all of my vaccinations on Wednesday. I was thinking of applying with applying with other companies that have DoD contracts in the region to increase my odds since Vectrus seems to now be dragging there feet
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    Hey Fulcrum45, thanks for the clarification regarding the referrals. As far as CRC updates, nothing yet . I did get all of my vaccinations on Wednesday. I was thinking of applying with applying with other companies that have DoD contracts in the region to increase my odds since Vectrus seems to now be dragging there feet
    That's not a bad idea BUT be warned- you'll have to repeat a lot of the steps you've already done. I've applied to another company to work out in the Pacific but it feels like starting the whole process all over again. You MAY need to get a new physical and dental exam and of course a lot of additional paperwork. This isn't to dissuade you from looking elsewhere but just wanted to let you know since we both seem to have a difficult time navigating all of this around our work schedule. You can IM me if you have any specific questions also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fulcrum45 View Post
    That's not a bad idea BUT be warned- you'll have to repeat a lot of the steps you've already done. I've applied to another company to work out in the Pacific but it feels like starting the whole process all over again. You MAY need to get a new physical and dental exam and of course a lot of additional paperwork. This isn't to dissuade you from looking elsewhere but just wanted to let you know since we both seem to have a difficult time navigating all of this around our work schedule. You can IM me if you have any specific questions also.

    ughhhhh! Yea, you're probably correct. Thanks Fulcrum45
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    On a brighter note: Vectrus called me this morning. Looks like I'm on my way!
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    On a brighter note: Vectrus called me this morning. Looks like I'm on my way!
    Dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations, that's awesome news.
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    On a brighter note: Vectrus called me this morning. Looks like I'm on my way!


    NICE!!!! You should start a thread to archive the experience. Which country did you end up with?
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    NICE!!!! You should start a thread to archive the experience. Which country did you end up with?
    I'm heading back to Afghanistan. Not sure where exactly but we'll see. I may keep notes this time around and look at posting into a new thread. I don't think anyone expected this thread to take off the way it did
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    Currently there is a "Cyber Security Information Technician II" opening in "Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Bahrain"

    it is on indeed.
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    So does anyone that's gone thru the entire process with Vectrus know roughly how long of a wait time there is when the Vectrus recruiter tells you "currently no position available, we are expecting positions available soon in the near future, please hang tight"? I'm currently waiting in the "Ready to Deploy" status.

    Wanted to know if there was any sort of average wait time. I know it depends on the position, etc.. but was wondering if there was an average wait time (days, weeks, months). I was cleared (medical/dental) towards the end of January.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aljaha2 View Post
    So does anyone that's gone thru the entire process with Vectrus know roughly how long of a wait time there is when the Vectrus recruiter tells you "currently no position available, we are expecting positions available soon in the near future, please hang tight"? I'm currently waiting in the "Ready to Deploy" status.

    Wanted to know if there was any sort of average wait time. I know it depends on the position, etc.. but was wondering if there was an average wait time (days, weeks, months). I was cleared (medical/dental) towards the end of January.
    While I was waiting my recruiter informed me that openings could occur on any given day. I ended up waiting almost a month before I got the call.
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    While I was waiting my recruiter informed me that openings could occur on any given day. I ended up waiting almost a month before I got the call.
    Thanks Fulcrum45, I was hoping to get multiple responses from folks in the forum to get some sort of an average. I'm thinking it may be a month before I get the notification. Until then, I'll continue to wait in line.
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    Hi all,

    I got the offer, accepted it, completed e-QIP and finger prints in the 1st week of January. I've read the whole dang tread. I couldn't put it down.

    Other then second guessing how fast my clearance request will go though and will I have a spot when it does, I have only a couple of questions.

    I was told I'd be in Kuwait.

    1. Is it better to be on the night shift or the day shift? It's brutal in the dessert by day and chilly at night, so I've been told. Opinions?
    2. Has anyone purchased or ridden a motorcycle during off hours and gotten the local driving permits?

    This tread is actually gold. I want to thank WTRWLKR, LittleBIT, advanex1, GirlyGirl, Fulcrum45, aljaha2, xxxkaliboyxx and many others for all the honest advice and opinions.
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    Hi all,

    I got the offer, accepted it, completed e-QIP and finger prints in the 1st week of January. I've read the whole dang tread. I couldn't put it down.

    Other then second guessing how fast my clearance request will go though and will I have a spot when it does, I have only a couple of questions.

    I was told I'd be in Kuwait.

    1. Is it better to be on the night shift or the day shift? It's brutal in the dessert by day and chilly at night, so I've been told. Opinions?
    2. Has anyone purchased or ridden a motorcycle during off hours and gotten the local driving permits?

    This tread is actually gold. I want to thank WTRWLKR, LittleBIT, advanex1, GirlyGirl, Fulcrum45, aljaha2, xxxkaliboyxx and many others for all the honest advice and opinions.
    Since you mentioned me name and 5 tears almost rolled down my face I'll respond.


    The short answer is it depends.

    I worked in Kuwait (Camp Arifjan) and Iraq. I am not sure how many seasons Kuwait gets, but the country gets hot and the country get cold. I would say it's colder at night when the temperatures drop.

    What has to be taken into consideration is, you work inside. The only time you go outside is coming/leaving work, the gym if you see fit, DFAC, and IF you have to go troublehshoot at another location. That is a big IF. For instance, if it's cold outside the most I spend outside is walking back and forth to a vehicle and for food. You have vehicles, Vectrus owned vehicles...although people use them like they own them and they are difficult to find when you need them. They do exist. Take into consideration anyone can drive on post. The rumor has it you have to attend a course to drive on base. That is not true. I got pulled over on base and gave my stateside drivers license no problem. Some people enforce it some people don't. Not the military police, they don't care but Vectrus or/and your department.

    Night shift will always be slower. The majority of customers you support work days. So, I wouldn't say it matters. You are not getting night shift differential no matter what shift you are on. So, that doesn't make a difference either. If my roommate was on days I am quite sure I would want to be on nights.

    Back in the day, when I worked in Kuwait I knew a person or two with a motorcycle. Not recently. Not sure if its changed.

    The entire process for getting a motorcycle will take you months. You have to get immunizations and Kuwait residency. That process will take you until the 6 month mark. A little more a little less. I remember going and getting a back scan in some hole-in-the-wall part of town with some not so interesting dirty smelling people. It was something else involved in the medical facility but I am glad it's permanently erased from my memory.

    -When you arrive you'll get a 90-day visa. You can drive on a 90-day visa in Kuwait with insurance. You can also purchase insurance at the airport. The insurance booth has the most unbelievable hours. So, it's a 50/50 they will be open when you arrive. It's also hotels in Kuwait that have rental offices where you can rent cars with airport insurance or buying insurance with them. One is in Mahboula. Where Vectrus employees stay should be a 2 or 3kd taxi ride. If you want to walk and car pool help yourself! Not I! Google Maps was my primary mode for navigation. It works in Kuwait. Get a rental car and hit the road. The malls. It's an app called Waves, I think I spelled it right. But, I was in Bahrain and it lost signal. So, that app is not trustworthy, yes I had internet. What I suggest is going to your nearest AAA and getting an international drivers license before you leave. Kuwait is filled with speed cameras. But, pay attention. It's a sign stating that speed cameras are ahead. So, IF you are paying attention, you slow down before reaching it then speed back up if you so desire. It's also an app that tells you where speed cameras are. I have driven passed Kuwait Police 20 times speeding. I have never and I know nobody who has ever been pulled over for speeding off base. Not saying it doesn't happen. On base is a different story.

    I would not suggest a motorcycle. people drive crazy, cut you off like its downtown DC, and have no respect for human life. I am not saying I have never pushed the gas pedal all the way to the floor a few times, because I have and I enjoyed it. Don't you judge me. But, accidents are common. I have seen dead bodies laying in the street from accidents... more than once.

    Good Luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SyntheticMe View Post
    Hi all,

    I got the offer, accepted it, completed e-QIP and finger prints in the 1st week of January. I've read the whole dang tread. I couldn't put it down.

    Other then second guessing how fast my clearance request will go though and will I have a spot when it does, I have only a couple of questions.

    I was told I'd be in Kuwait.

    1. Is it better to be on the night shift or the day shift? It's brutal in the dessert by day and chilly at night, so I've been told. Opinions?
    2. Has anyone purchased or ridden a motorcycle during off hours and gotten the local driving permits?

    This tread is actually gold. I want to thank WTRWLKR, LittleBIT, advanex1, GirlyGirl, Fulcrum45, aljaha2, xxxkaliboyxx and many others for all the honest advice and opinions.
    Good Morning SyntheticMe,

    Thanks for the shoutout and congrats on your offer. I've finished all the requirements and per my vectrus recruiter I am ready to deploy (interim clearance granted, employment check passed, occumed medical/dental exams cleared, all "6" vaccinations taken). At this point per vectrus I'm just waiting for the position to become available again which per vectrus can be at any give time. It's almost been 30 days since I was cleared by occumed, so I'm hoping to get notified by the end of this month regarding my CRC date. The position I'm waiting for is the Service Desk Admin, what position did you apply for if you don't mind me asking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SyntheticMe View Post
    Hi all,

    I got the offer, accepted it, completed e-QIP and finger prints in the 1st week of January. I've read the whole dang tread. I couldn't put it down.

    Other then second guessing how fast my clearance request will go though and will I have a spot when it does, I have only a couple of questions.

    I was told I'd be in Kuwait.

    1. Is it better to be on the night shift or the day shift? It's brutal in the dessert by day and chilly at night, so I've been told. Opinions?
    2. Has anyone purchased or ridden a motorcycle during off hours and gotten the local driving permits?

    This tread is actually gold. I want to thank WTRWLKR, LittleBIT, advanex1, GirlyGirl, Fulcrum45, aljaha2, xxxkaliboyxx and many others for all the honest advice and opinions.
    1) Depends. It does get hot during the days, but more than likely you won't be outside much. So temperature isn't really a factor. Nights however are extremely slow instead of just mostly slow (of course, depends on where you get placed)

    2) I really don't recommend riding a bike over here. Unless you plan on riding during VERY odd hours, it's unsafe enough as it is driving a car. Though I have seen bike clubs occasionally, so if you can find an crowd for that, maybe they have an idea of where/when to ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aljaha2 View Post
    Good Morning SyntheticMe,

    Thanks for the shoutout and congrats on your offer. I've finished all the requirements and per my vectrus recruiter I am ready to deploy (interim clearance granted, employment check passed, occumed medical/dental exams cleared, all "6" vaccinations taken). At this point per vectrus I'm just waiting for the position to become available again which per vectrus can be at any give time. It's almost been 30 days since I was cleared by occumed, so I'm hoping to get notified by the end of this month regarding my CRC date. The position I'm waiting for is the Service Desk Admin, what position did you apply for if you don't mind me asking?

    aljaha2
    It will be for Sysadmin 1 and as of this morning the interim clearance has been granted.
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