Have you thought about trying to go to Charleston? After 25 years on H models I would not mind trying C-17's or J models. What I have heard about Spec Ops is that you are deployed all the time for 4 to 6 months at a time and when you are not deployed you are still tdy alot. It appears from your bio that you have not done any type of low level work it can be rough on the body try standing up on a roller coaster while it is in motion, because you are more than likely to be at 250 to 300ft AGL and you are going to mobile in the cargo compartment doing your checks prior to the drop. With that being said I still enjoy airdrop I just like doing at night it is less bumpy and the altitudes are a little higher Talk to your cheif and see if you can go to airdrop school on the 17. I find the 130 mission to be more gratifying along with more work.