Honestly the biggest bummer about thinking about Plan B and C is figuring out how to maintain my Arabic proficiency. I don't live in a hot bed of Arabic instruction so I had to be very resourceful, yes one of the 13 dimensions, to become proficient in the language. I had a great tutor who really got me through the SCNL test, but he is moving and the local community college lost their instructor who was just OK, but better than nothing.
So I found two other possible options and will be meeting with them next week to see if one of them is a good fit and hopefully we can put together a program that will work. My wife who has been very gracious throughout this process also gave me the green light to go back to the Middle East for another cram session. Based upon when I can take the FSWE again I will probably try to find someplace in January.
For those of you who are about to start the process, LEARN a language. The rosters are getting long and it seems like the days of getting a 5.3 (easier said than done) and getting called are probably over. I only wish that I could auction off my Arabic and Veteran's preference points on EBay! You can get proficient in one of the SCNL's in under a year if you work hard at it so put together a long term plan and do it.
The other silver lining is that I still have two other interesting options where learning Arabic has really helped where I am still playing the waiting game. So all is not lost.