My unit is going on a MEU(SOC) very soon and i'm planning on going on embassy duty as soon as we get back, I meet all the requirements and prerequisites and I know that i'll have no problem with getting a TS clearance. I could very well put in a package right now and get in with the next class in a couple months but there's no way in hell I want to miss out on Iraq, so i'm going to put in my package as soon as we come back from the MEU(SOC). My question is this, should I keep my mouth shut about going on embassy duty until after we get back, or should I go talk to my career planner even though I realistically won't be putting in my package for about a year since the workup itself is 6 months and the deployment will be about 8 months. Some Marines told me that informing my chain of command that I plan to leave the unit as soon as we come back from deployment isn't the best of ideas since i'm still pretty new to the unit so I should just keep my mouth shut until i'm ready to put in my package, but others have told me to go ahead and get the ball rolling as far as obtaining the TS clearance and whatnot goes before we leave for the MEU(SOC). What do you guys think? edited to add: One of the guys who picked up with my unit the same time I did basically told his entire chain of command that he is putting in a package for OCS when he hadn't even spend 1 full day in the fleet yet and everyone was cool with it, so I guess informing my chain that I want to go talk to the career planner about it and get things going may be alright and I won't get shit for it.