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    #976
    Hey everyone, just found this post and read at least 15 pages. Good stuff for sure.
    I'm flying out to CRC at the end of the month. I'll be going to the BDSC in Iraq, ADPE-Service Desk Admin, and was wondering if anyone had recommendations for what to bring clothing wise. I'm currently a CONUS contractor and the dress code seems a little more lenient. Are cargo pants the norm, or should I get some 5.11 tacticool khakis? I spoke to my future boss and he said jeans were fine, but I don't want to get there and look unprofessional compared to everyone else. Shirt wise I'll probably pick up some new Polos and casual button ups, as it sounds like dress shirts are overkill.

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    #977
    congrats, oChicken.

    tacticool attire are the norm in AFG and Iraq. You really dont want to wear jeans in a hot climate. If you are looking to purchase tacticool pants without breaking the bank, head out to LApolicegear website. LAPG branded pants and shirts sells for 50% less than the awesome tacticool 5.11.

    - enjoy the "death by powerpoint" at the CRC
    - purchase a bright colored duct tape to wrap around and mark your duffel bag

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    #978
    Originally Posted by oChicken
    Hey everyone, just found this post and read at least 15 pages. Good stuff for sure.
    I'm flying out to CRC at the end of the month. I'll be going to the BDSC in Iraq, ADPE-Service Desk Admin, and was wondering if anyone had recommendations for what to bring clothing wise. I'm currently a CONUS contractor and the dress code seems a little more lenient. Are cargo pants the norm, or should I get some 5.11 tacticool khakis? I spoke to my future boss and he said jeans were fine, but I don't want to get there and look unprofessional compared to everyone else. Shirt wise I'll probably pick up some new Polos and casual button ups, as it sounds like dress shirts are overkill.
    'policy' is pants and a collared shirt. Pants can be cargo or jeans. And sneakers or boots. BDSC is high life living only next to UnionIII.

    In otherwords, you lucked out.

    Dont show up woth dress pants, dress shoes, nice belt, etc. Just dress comfortably. I wear jeans and cargo pants with Old Navy type collared short sleeve shirts and sneakers.
    Kindly doing the needful

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    #979
    Originally Posted by 518
    - purchase a bright colored duct tape to wrap around and mark your duffel bag
    I suggest one of the multipacs of electrical tape vs the duct tape. I've had the duct tape leave residue ont he bags, but more importantly, it's a quick way to make some friends. 5 color pack doesn't cost much, and you can share it with a bunch of guys/gals, as you all do different patterns. 3 stripes on handle and straps, 5 colors, means something like 80 possible combinations (not a factorial because you can reuse colors, just not next to each other).

    On clothes, I was always fine with khakis and button up shirts, all natural fiber. If you wear synthetic fiber clothing, make sure it's designed for the heat, or you'll regret it.

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    #980
    Originally Posted by joelsfood
    electrical tape vs the duct tape
    10 years ago when I deployed to Iraq (how time flies), my 1SG was obsessed with signal orange and all our bags were wrapped in orange tape. Let's just say I couldn't use them again later as the residue was everywhere lmao.

    Thanks for the tips and suggestions all!

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    #981
    Originally Posted by oChicken
    Hey everyone, just found this post and read at least 15 pages. Good stuff for sure.
    I'm flying out to CRC at the end of the month. I'll be going to the BDSC in Iraq, ADPE-Service Desk Admin, and was wondering if anyone had recommendations for what to bring clothing wise. I'm currently a CONUS contractor and the dress code seems a little more lenient. Are cargo pants the norm, or should I get some 5.11 tacticool khakis? I spoke to my future boss and he said jeans were fine, but I don't want to get there and look unprofessional compared to everyone else. Shirt wise I'll probably pick up some new Polos and casual button ups, as it sounds like dress shirts are overkill.
    Just my $0.02 but I had to buy decent footwear in Afghanistan. The rocks out there tore up my first pair of shoes. When I was home on vacation I bought footwear with a Vibram sole and had no problems after that.

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    #982
    I should probably speak to a tax professional, but maybe someone can help me out again.

    Since I will be starting in October, I won't meet the tax exemption status correct for 2017. Do I not do a Form 673 until next tax year, or can I still claim exempt status on income starting next month? Little confused on how the tax exempt kicks in if you work July-July for example and don't hit 335(?) days in either year.

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    #983
    Google Combat Zone exclusion IRS. You can defer your taxes if you send them your LOA.

    Stay tax exempt till your first $100K, and then start having taxes taken out after that by updating the W4. Or, stay exempted and just pay taxes for the $101k-$XXX.

    Some opt for the forced savings plan (getting taxes taken out the whole time).
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    #984
    Originally Posted by LittleBIT

    Some opt for the forced savings plan (getting taxes taken out the whole time).
    I'm on this plan, haha.

    If you are from Cali, no such exemption exists. Get a driver's license from a different state (WA state for example) and you wouldnt have to pay state tax.

    oChicken, physical presence test is a moving window.

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    #985
    Originally Posted by oChicken
    Hey everyone, just found this post and read at least 15 pages. Good stuff for sure.
    I'm flying out to CRC at the end of the month. I'll be going to the BDSC in Iraq, ADPE-Service Desk Admin, and was wondering if anyone had recommendations for what to bring clothing wise. I'm currently a CONUS contractor and the dress code seems a little more lenient. Are cargo pants the norm, or should I get some 5.11 tacticool khakis? I spoke to my future boss and he said jeans were fine, but I don't want to get there and look unprofessional compared to everyone else. Shirt wise I'll probably pick up some new Polos and casual button ups, as it sounds like dress shirts are overkill.
    I wouldnt waste ur money on 5.11. You can wear jeans w/ regular shoes. U'll be in doors 90% of the time anyway.

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    #986
    Hey, this is for my guys in Kuwait. What's the gym facilities and chow hall like?

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    #987
    Originally Posted by 518
    I'm on this plan, haha.

    If you are from Cali, no such exemption exists. Get a driver's license from a different state (WA state for example) and you wouldnt have to pay state tax.

    oChicken, physical presence test is a moving window.
    Wait what? That's the other reason I'm working over here.
    So if u are a Cali resident but have a different states driver's licenses, you dont have to pay taxes? What do I need to do on my end to make that happen?

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    #988
    Originally Posted by Kenny23692
    Wait what? That's the other reason I'm working over here.
    So if u are a Cali resident but have a different states driver's licenses, you dont have to pay taxes? What do I need to do on my end to make that happen?
    File a W4 with your employer to change your state withholding.

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    #989
    Originally Posted by devilbones
    File a W4 with your employer to change your state withholding.
    Ya I know that but when taxes come around I'm still going to get hit. Since Cali is ridiculous state. How does the license come into plat

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    #990
    Originally Posted by Starvguy772
    Hey, this is for my guys in Kuwait. What's the gym facilities and chow hall like?

    Depends where you go.

    Chow is Chow is Chow. Doesn't really differentiate on post. However if you're going to Buehring, it's more limited.

    Gym Facilities are about the same as well, TBH.

    More than likely though, you won't have time to go to an on post gym, unless you have a license AND no one needs a vehicle to get to work.

    The gym at the apartments is better than most hotel gyms, but not really much more than a typical home gym. There are places you can go within walking distance though.

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    #991
    If you work on AJ, they have a crossfit gym and a regular gym. Equipment is nice. But thats if you get to use it during work, which I doubt.
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    #992
    Originally Posted by Kenny23692
    Ya I know that but when taxes come around I'm still going to get hit. Since Cali is ridiculous state. How does the license come into plat
    Having a license from some states is the beginning to establishing residency.

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    #993
    The easy way to establish residency in a state is to physically be there and mentally state "this is my home". Unfortunately, some states, not liking the loss of tax revenue will demand a bit more proof, for instance:

    - A drivers license in the new state
    - Registering to vote in the new state
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    #994
    Originally Posted by Kenny23692
    Wait what? That's the other reason I'm working over here.
    So if u are a Cali resident but have a different states driver's licenses, you dont have to pay taxes? What do I need to do on my end to make that happen?
    All you need to do is find a friend in another state. Go to the DMV on that state, take the written exam. That is the workaround. Having a driver's license proves to People's Republic of Kalifornia that you have established a "home" in another state. There is no other workaround, you cannot just have your employer change state withholding..that will not work. Even worst if you have a property in California. Trust me, been doing this since 2011. FTB of California will find you and you will be slapped with a surprise and hefty penalty...dont mess with FTB.

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    Just finalized and submitted my SF86 9/11. Took me a while to gather all the info. Hopefully it's smooth sailing from now on.
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    #996
    Originally Posted by sstt
    Once they contact your boss you will be contacted for a interview within a week or two, I went through this last month and received my interim a week after my interview.
    Congratulations! how long it took to get your interim from the day you submitted your SF-86 to the day your interviewed?

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    #997
    I would say i was interviewed 4-5 weeks after submitted and received my interim 2 weeks after my interview, I previously held a TS clearance. Not sure if that helped speed up the process.

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    #998
    Well, I wouldn't consider jobs in Iraq or Afghanistan "expat" jobs, but certainly working in Kuwait or Qatar could be...
    Originally Posted by Fulcrum45
    I didn't think it was going to happen but it looks like I'm ready for another contract. One more push to get some things paid off. This time around I'm more careful about where I go. I want to be in a country that isn't technically a war zone and that getting home is not a 3 week ordeal. People will knock Vectrus for all kinds of things but I can say because of them I have a Secret Clearance and experience as an expat. That counts for something.

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    #999
    Originally Posted by sstt
    I would say i was interviewed 4-5 weeks after submitted and received my interim 2 weeks after my interview, I previously held a TS clearance. Not sure if that helped speed up the process.
    I think the fact you had a TS previously helped with speed up your process. I am a dual citizen and this is my first time getting secret clearance! so i guess i am looking at minimum 120 days to get my interim.

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    #1000
    The investigators are contractors and are very unorganized. The first one that contacted me was based out of the zip code for where i currently work (30 miles away from my house) after a 4 hour meeting 30 miles away I was contacted a few weeks later for a follow up by a investigator out of Colorado Springs where Vectrus is located. I told him I lived on the East Coast... Then 2 1/2 weeks later I was contacted by a 3rd local investigator for a follow up in which i have had to meet with twice since then. Now today I was contacted by yet another investigator for another follow up meeting and when I asked him what exactly the issue was he said its not very clear on his paperwork and he would try to get clarification and contact me next week...


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