As stated, there is DIRSUP (air, sub & surf), PCS afloat (probably to a DDG or CVN), there is also support to NSW. Having done a tour in Cyber ... The tactical cyber tours don't really exude 'tactical' IMO.
I have done a deployment supporting NSW, sub DIRSUP, air DIRSUP and PCS afloat to a DDG as well as a cyber tour.
Depending on what community you are coming from may influence where you want to go. If you are a P3 NFO, you may not find air DIRSUP challenging or edifying. Also, experiences will vary:
For both DIRSUP tours we were not exempt from standing duty when not deployed.
Sub DIRSUP: my OPTEMPO was over 75% at the end of my tour (34 months). No special training required.
Air DIRSUP: my OPTEMPO was around 65%, dets sites okay, long hours ... Add 2 hours to the flight for preflight, 2-4 for post flight depending on the mission. Have to attend SERE, water survival and SERE 220.
PCS Afloat: my ship never had better than 3-section duty ... most of DSRA was port and starboard. OPS was DFC'd 2 months into my tour and I was OPS for a bit over 20 months, great opportunity ... a lot of non IW related work.
NSW Support: some cool training, but mostltly as a benefit for you ... You likely won't parachute in or do a lockout.
Cyber: I don't consider these too tactical by and large. The mission is interesting and getting a lot of $$$ tossed at it, definately the opportunity to get some good training & certifications if you want.
Last, if you are an NFO, I will guess you are already a LT, when will you be IZ for LCDR? This will likely impact available tactical tours for you ...
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