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  1. raimius

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    In all sincerity, thanks for reminding me I don't always have all the details. My argument is really a legalistic/nitpick of naming conventions (a ship that already sailed). Champ Kind, don't judge Huey crew dogs by my late-night arguments.
  2. raimius

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    By "direct effects" against the enemy, I mean that the weapon/system used kills bad guys or breaks their things. I try to avoid double-speak, but I'll yield on your other points. It's a big AF, and I'm not an expert on your job.
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    UH-1s. No weapons school for that. Also, concur with Breckey. AFGSC Huey's don't have the course we should have, but a full-up Weapons School probably is not the right answer at this time, either.
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Probably stated my opinion in a better way than I put it. It is partially semantics. Unarmed infil/exfil, Intel gathering, refueling, etc. are all important functions, but I would argue that they are not employing weapons to fulfill those functions. I can see EW and offensive cyber, as they can disable enemy systems directly. Calling a school that teaches tactics for an unarmed aircraft/system that does not have direct effects on the enemy a "weapons school" rings hollow to me. I call it political posturing because that is how you get the tactical experts in some communities to be taken seriously (e.g. people look for patches). The patch and title of "weapons school grad" gives a base level of commonality and familiarity across communities. Yes, when I meet AMC dudes who have a patch, I assume they are good at their jobs. What I don't think to myself is "wow, what an impressive weapon" when I look at a KC-135. To me it fits in with the "everyone a warrior" idea. Not everyone is a warrior. That doesn't diminish their value. We need docs, logisticians, engineers, network admins, etc, etc. If you are in uniform, you should have training in combat skills, but that's for contingencies in most AFSCs.
  5. raimius

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Having tactical experts is a great idea. Calling all .mil aircraft "weapons" and having "weapons schools" for each muddies the waters, IMO. As of 4-5 years ago, AF UH-1s had zero mounted weapons, just armed pax. We had plenty of tactics to make that work. Having a "Weapons School" would have been a misnomer. Having a school to teach and refine those tactics would have been nice though. Having some sort of place to teach tactics is a good thing, I just think it's dumb political posturing that every community wants a "Weapons School" to do that. IMO it dilutes the seriousness of the task when transport and ISR communities have to argue that they are weapons.
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Question: how often has a large conflict been stopped/contained by a large initial strike? It seems the popular psychology is that the bigger the hit, the more anger and demand for a strong response occurs. I'm not sure taking out x-hundred targets on day 1 will give pause. (Granted, if you are going to fight, taking out a lot of enemy capability at the start is a good move.)
  7. raimius

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Weapons School isn't about weapons? Man, we must really suck at naming things! Here I thought it was about realizing our fighter pilots weren't trained well enough to maintain the 10:1 kill ratio from Korea, and trying to fix that.
  8. raimius

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    I'm not sure his dismissal of tactical fighters and air superiority is well thought out. Having long-range strike in quantity is a good idea though.
  9. raimius

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Hey man, two things happening at once gets really tough! You wouldn't expect that to happen in a million years. Also, is shooting through the door not how we are supposed to open them? ..... Lots of new airmen with drive but not the training...
  10. raimius

    Latest Movies

    They Shall Not Grow Old is extremely well done, and quite intense. It's not a good film for the weak stomached...NOT one to take the kids to. (Which should be obvious, given the topic.) Definitely recommend.
  11. raimius

    It's Official, OCPs are Coming!

    Second Captenant? I don't know what they were thinking. Why does the AF have to try to be different and make "uniform" items unique?...and thus harder to find.
  12. raimius

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    There is that break-even dollar value, but I'd argue that reducing the causes of the "F you" part would be more cost effective than paying pilots more than Delta or United can offer.
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    CY17 Staff tour 70+46+92 = 162? Hard to trust the bean counters when they can't add on their own slide shows...
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