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dapuckstopper15 03-29-2020 04:54 PM


Originally Posted by Diverb (Post 3016562)
Puerto Rico is heavy helicopter and Dash 8. No UAS


Thanks for the quick response. My wife and I agreed that if I were to accept a position, it would only be in PR as far as the new hire stations. She has no desire to be on the SW border at this time.
Diverb, are you a current AIA? If so, may I PM you?


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Scubidopapa 03-30-2020 04:58 AM

Aguadilla PR
 

Originally Posted by dapuckstopper15 (Post 3016548)
Does anyone in here have any insight on what Aguadilla, PR looks like as far as living and the aircraft being utilized for their missions? Is it heavily UAS or is there a good amount of airplane flying?


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living in aguadilla is great. Crime is generally low and there are many places to shop and eat. A nice rental is hard to come by and if you do find something, expect to pay 15-2k a month. PR flys Blackhawk, Astar, Dash-8 maritime patrol.

cpagdog 03-31-2020 07:04 AM

I'd love to hear more from anyone who has spent time in Aguadilla.
I have a wife and 2 girls, ages 4 and 6. Wife said she would consider it. Is it true you get a transfer out date now?

Scubidopapa 03-31-2020 09:47 AM

Aguadilla
 

Originally Posted by cpagdog (Post 3018288)
I'd love to hear more from anyone who has spent time in Aguadilla.
I have a wife and 2 girls, ages 4 and 6. Wife said she would consider it. Is it true you get a transfer out date now?

Some agents live on coast gaurd base housing but most live in surrounding communities. You can send your kids to one of many private schools or DOD school. Understand that you will be living in a Latin American country in the Caribbean. There are many positives and negatives that go along with that.
One big positive is that people are generally very polite and family oriented. One negative is that power and water go out every once and a while. I would highly recommend that you plan a trip to the west side of PR and visit before you make a decision.

RCpilot2018 03-31-2020 09:57 AM


Originally Posted by cpagdog (Post 3018288)
I'd love to hear more from anyone who has spent time in Aguadilla.
I have a wife and 2 girls, ages 4 and 6. Wife said she would consider it. Is it true you get a transfer out date now?

Do you and your precious family a favor and FORGET PR! Out of the 5 or so garden spots, I'd suggest SJT for the family.
PR is not for Gringos. For a week or so vacation, it's ok. Your mileage may vary. Good luck!

hindsight2020 03-31-2020 05:31 PM

Cultural predilections/bias against life in PR are noted. Or as we call it, just another Tuesday in the Anglo-centric echo chamber that is APC. To each their own. Moving on...

As a PR native, I'll say for the benefit of those who asked, the more significant aspect of the comparison deals with the tax implications. A federal worker who is a bona fide resident of PR owes income taxes to Dept de Hacienda (aka state level IRS) in lieu of the federal government. Income taxes in PR are the highest of the entire nation (33% above 60K). The IRS treats PR as a foreign entity for tax credits (it's a tax haven for CONUS tax cheats, with the latest art 20 and 22 being perfect examples of the gentrifying grift). That's the quiet part of why PR is maintained as a colony and not pushed towards political enfranchisement/equality, but I digress.

As such, you will get a foreign income tax credit on your federal taxes, effectively zeroing out your federal tax liability by virtue of paying all your taxes to PR. Suffice to say you'll pay more in income taxes down there than most (federal) + (states that have income tax) combined. The property taxes are VERY low by comparison, but don't come anywhere near to making up for those gargantuan income tax rates. GS scales in PR are paid as "rest of the US" rate, so no relief there either. Something to consider.

Aguadilla is my father's hometown and my summer hometown growing up. With the arrival of Lufthansa Mx depot and all the tenant units of the DOD and DHS located in the old Ramey AFB infrastructure, housing has clipped up a little, but it's still much lower paced than San Juan MSA, where I grew up proper. Airline service from BQN to FL and New England destinations is fairly convenient all things considered. Plenty of "gringos" in the area and all the way down to Mayagüéz (Rincón being a popular spot for surfing aficionados, albeit a bit gentrified by monied Anglos and snowbirds in the last decade or so). All that to say, in PR municipalities where federal W-2 critters congregate, English is more than sufficient to live and thrive.

If it wasn't for the tax implications and the lack of statehood, I would have come back home a long time ago. Maybe after mil retirement if I dabble with the airlines, commuting on a snowbird basis would be a good compromise. Truly amazing geography and weather. I miss it every day. Good luck with the job hunt.

ugleeual 04-01-2020 07:21 PM


Originally Posted by hindsight2020 (Post 3019137)
Cultural predilections/bias against life in PR are noted. Or as we call it, just another Tuesday in the Anglo-centric echo chamber that is APC. To each their own. Moving on...

As a PR native, I'll say for the benefit of those who asked, the more significant aspect of the comparison deals with the tax implications. A federal worker who is a bona fide resident of PR owes income taxes to Dept de Hacienda (aka state level IRS) in lieu of the federal government. Income taxes in PR are the highest of the entire nation (33% above 60K). The IRS treats PR as a foreign entity for tax credits (it's a tax haven for CONUS tax cheats, with the latest art 20 and 22 being perfect examples of the gentrifying grift). That's the quiet part of why PR is maintained as a colony and not pushed towards political enfranchisement/equality, but I digress.

As such, you will get a foreign income tax credit on your federal taxes, effectively zeroing out your federal tax liability by virtue of paying all your taxes to PR. Suffice to say you'll pay more in income taxes down there than most (federal) + (states that have income tax) combined. The property taxes are VERY low by comparison, but don't come anywhere near to making up for those gargantuan income tax rates. GS scales in PR are paid as "rest of the US" rate, so no relief there either. Something to consider.

Aguadilla is my father's hometown and my summer hometown growing up. With the arrival of Lufthansa Mx depot and all the tenant units of the DOD and DHS located in the old Ramey AFB infrastructure, housing has clipped up a little, but it's still much lower paced than San Juan MSA, where I grew up proper. Airline service from BQN to FL and New England destinations is fairly convenient all things considered. Plenty of "gringos" in the area and all the way down to Mayagüéz (Rincón being a popular spot for surfing aficionados, albeit a bit gentrified by monied Anglos and snowbirds in the last decade or so). All that to say, in PR municipalities where federal W-2 critters congregate, English is more than sufficient to live and thrive.

If it wasn't for the tax implications and the lack of statehood, I would have come back home a long time ago. Maybe after mil retirement if I dabble with the airlines, commuting on a snowbird basis would be a good compromise. Truly amazing geography and weather. I miss it every day. Good luck with the job hunt.

thanks for the info

dapuckstopper15 04-03-2020 05:23 PM

I also see El Paso is available for new hires as well. Are there any opinions/facts as to which border towns more dangerous than the other? Or which border town may have a better QOL as far as schools, environment, and cost of living?


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CRJJ 04-04-2020 02:08 PM

Hello guys, out of curiosity, is CBP getting a ton of resumes/applications like the other few jobs out there that keep hiring?.

ugleeual 04-04-2020 05:05 PM


Originally Posted by CRJJ (Post 3023577)
Hello guys, out of curiosity, is CBP getting a ton of resumes/applications like the other few jobs out there that keep hiring?.

email the CBP AIA recruiter...


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