It's all about timing and luck! It shouldn't take you three years to get your wings in the VP
community. Next, they will probably be phased in one squadron at a time. There are many P-3 squadrons and to get the one or two that transition first will be pretty darn lucky. You might not get it at first, but your squadron might transition while you are on your first tour or maybe your second. The Navy tends to transition a squadron and not an individual. If you are lucky enough to be in the squadron when it transitions to the new plane, you will go with it. Hope that helps. Its really about luck and timing though.