Inprocessing—how does it work?


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  • #896
    Baghdad Jim
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    I asked a recently departed Polie a few of these questions via email but thought someone could describe the whole inprocessing schedule here.

    Assumption: I’ve been hired over the phone.

    Do they fly me to Denver or am I picking up that tab?
    Average length of Denver time?
    ‘check the box’ and ‘next-station please’ schedule of events?
    Room & board?
    Depth of intensity for the body cavity searches?
    Reasons people get last-minute disqualifications?
    Rough ratio of DQ’s?

    Ya know, stuff like that.

    Also..about this psyche eval–I’ve seen all over to just go in and use common sense. Answer towards the conservative.

    we had one of those tests also—but there were some very UN-obvious questions that would DQ a person. Most recruiters told us over the phone about the messed up questions–the theme was to not profile as a risk taker, be more sheeplike. DQ questions included if you either currently enjoyed or would like to skydive, hang glide, deepsea diving, any form of racing, and even painball. (oh and the usual morality based ones)

    I guess someone raised the issue because the ‘WABI’ test went away in December 04′

    #8462
    Sciencetech
    Keymaster

    Funny you should ask. I’m going through this now (but I’m a special case because I’m going to Palmer, not Pole or Mactown). I hope others on the board will answer this too, just for some different perspectives.

    > Do they fly me to Denver or am I picking up that tab?

    They’ll pick up the tab. Mike: are they still doing orientation in NZ? That seems to change often; one year in Denver, the next in NZ…

    > Average length of Denver time?

    One night, or 2-3 in New Zealand.

    > ‘check the box’ and ‘next-station please’ schedule of events?

    Sit and listen, be bored to tears, fill in forms, and endure hours of safety training and videos. Pray they don’t show you the “fish” video.

    > Room & board?

    Yep. Or Room, with a fixed travel fund for food and rides.

    > Depth of intensity for the body cavity searches?

    Not if they want any employees.

    > Reasons people get last-minute disqualifications?

    Bad teeth, high cholesterol, cold feet.

    > Rough ratio of DQ’s?

    Dairy Queens? You must mean PQ to NPQ ratio. I have no idea. Most summer participants seem to pass.

    > [snip]… and even painball.

    I don’t know if that’s a type-o, but I like it. Very apropros.
    :mrgreen:

    #8461
    thepooles98
    Keymaster

    Coming in for the winter, you do your orientation in Denver. You fly out once at the beginning of december to do the psych eval. Fly home and if you pass you come back again in Jan or Feb for orientation. Unless you are in for an extra day of supervisor training, it lasts a day. Fly in , stay overnight, orient, stay overnight fly to the ice. One change is that you get your clothing as soon as you land in NZ. Then at 4 or 5 in the morning the next day, you are on your way here. It used to be you had several days in Christchurch.

    #8463
    Sciencetech
    Keymaster

    Huh. It was real short today, a no-pain sort of orientation. Perhaps because there was just 5 of us.

    Tomorrow… Flights to South America. Yeehaa. Deployment begins.

    g

    #8464
    Baghdad Jim
    Member

    Flying out tomorrow….nice…

    Thats entirely a short inprocessing. Although I don’t know how I could make it on the schedule of Dec eval and coming back later…I’d have to give up this job just for the travel alone. Best I can hope for is getting a 1 year in Oct…wait, guess I’d still have to quit just to take the eval.

    I thought I’d seen that the last flights were last month?…was on somebodies blog somewhere…(so I thought)

    #8465
    Sciencetech
    Keymaster

    @Jim in Baghdad wrote:

    I thought I’d seen that the last flights were last month?…was on somebodies blog somewhere…(so I thought)

    They were. Palmer (where I’m going) is kind of the program’s secret stepchild; access is only by ship from South America, and not so seasonally dependent as Pole and McMurdo. Winter crew rotation is only happening now.

    #8466
    Baghdad Jim
    Member

    I don’t think I’ve really read much about Palmer. Well, August is still a ways off…gives me plenty of time to read up on it.

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