Every year there are numerous primaries that do not deploy. For various reasons it is not easy to get through the whole pq process and that opens up the possibility for you going down. It is not normal for all primaries to drop out, but the chances of you going down are at least fair and if you follow up next year and keep in touch with your recruiter, I would guess that you might cut through the red tape a little better next year now that you have been selected.
Wait a minute – You’ve waited five years to get a job as an alternate DA at the Pole??? If you have your heart set on being a DA, you could have worked everyone of those five years here at McMurdo. We’re only 800 miles away from Pole, and a heckuva lot more fun.
In the real world I do bookkeeping. I have catering/food service experience.
When I said I’ve been applying for 5 years, I meant that I’ve been applying for all Antarctica jobs I’ve been qualified for (according to job description). It just happened that the first time I got a response in those 5 years was for this position at Pole.