As you probably know if you've been reading my blogs, our alliance has been talking about moving to null sec in a month or so. There are a lot of political changes taking place in Null sec right so we're waiting for the dust to settle before we set up to rent a system from someone, plus we want to give our corp members time to prepare for the move. There are two primary corps in our alliance but we might as well be one corporation the way we all work together on a daily basis. Technically there is a 3rd corporation in our alliance, but they live on the other side of the planet and we don't talk with them much.
Right now almost everyone is making sure they have either a T2 Frigate or T2 Cruiser to be able to fleet up with in case of emergencies or random Low/Null sec roams. Right now the only T2 frigates I can fly are the Stealth Bomber, Covert Ops Scanning Ship, and the Electronic Warfare ship. I can fit my stealth bomber the way I need to, but I am need about another week to make those skills more developed to be efficient. After I have my stealth bomber sufficiently effective I'll be moving on to a T2 cruiser. I've got about 30 days of training to sit in either a T2 Logistics, T2 Recon, or T3 Strategic Cruiser. I know that flying a strategic cruiser is just awesome, but I'd probably have to add an additional month of training to not lose a ridiculous amount of ISK buying the ship, fitting it, and then find out I can't fly it well and get popped.
That leaves me with either a T2 Logi , T2 Force Recon or the T2 Combat Recon ship. I'm not overly concerned with being a "fighter" per se and dealing lots of DPS, I actually enjoy helping out the fleet more, but I do want to be able to hold my own if necessary. If I only focus on the short team, I think I'd choose the T2 Logi, which is in line for my long term goal of flying a T2 command ship which is about 90 days away from me. If I train for the T2 logi, then the 30 days spent will also be taken out of the 90 days I need for the command ship, bringing it down to about 60 days leftover.
This is a huge commitment though since it's going to pretty much decide my future in Eve Online for a very long time. My alt is currently training up to fly a Freighter and eventually a Jump Freighter, so luckily I have that path already figured out and I'm comfortable with it. Choosing to NOT be a combat pilot and to be a support pilot on my main character seems like a much bigger decision. In the event that people are not around I won't be as effective by myself.
If we do end up moving out to Null Sec, I'd like to be able to go ratting on the belts by myself to make some ISK. My alt is also a miner so I can always make ISK that way, but it's not as fun. I've still got another week before I set my training queue so maybe something will transpire over the course of the next few days that helps make this choice more clear.