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On 2/18/2018 at 2:13 PM, panchbarnes said:

Senior military leaders do not know how to respond to social media criticism and demands.  The conventional thinking is to immediately appease to the younger generation and the social media witch hunts because it will win internet points and avoid online backlash.  This method is effective in temporary quelling the social media faux outrages (often not the core audience), but in the long run it erodes good standard and discipline, esprit de corps,  and effective military command and control.  The correct thing to do is simple, everything in the military comes back to the standards/core values.  Defend the standards and the core values and you will eventually be absolved from the internet accusations (whether or not the person has the courage to do this is a different topic for discussion). 

Mattis is the only person I've seen unaffected by the social media and traditional media attacks.  He  receives generally favorable supports from military members and civilian alike, because he stick to his core values/principles, simple and truthful with his answers, and his body of work gives him credibility.  When I think of the SECDEF I think of lethality, he only cares about lethality (have stated many times) and it's my job to support his priority.

If I were a Russian or Chinese paid troll or bot programmer, I’d be rolling in with everything I’ve got on military leadership. How I know when I win: US military leaders begin publicly attacking their own with claims of bullying, microaggressions, and unintentional biases.

The possible unintended silver lining for us: the weak-minded leaders will remove each other via Twitter while the IDGAF types like Mattis will be more likely to survive.

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7 hours ago, Danger41 said:

These political types can’t help it.

I only want a safe space to talk about airplanes, killing Commies for God, and bitching about how the worlds second* greatest pilot is wasting away on DTS and SAPR briefs. #triggered

FIFY

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Don’t know how many have seen this, but just got the word that we will no longer be allowed to “tack on” an airman’s stripes when they get promoted.  This behavior is considered hazing and will not be tolerated.

By current standards, my high school was populated with war criminals. 

Anyway, sorry for the distraction, what were we talking about here?

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2 minutes ago, Homestar said:

What, no more friendly shoulder punches?

 

Yep.  Hazing.

Next up, no more aggressive handshakes during awards ceremonies.

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Next up. “Humiliating” UPT students by making them stand up in front of their peers every morning and solve EPs. Very microaggressive if you ask me. Could trigger them. 

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No more saluting.  It demeaning to the Enlisted, or as some say "Educationally Challenged."

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7 hours ago, Azimuth said:

No more saluting.  It demeaning to the Enlisted, or as some say "Educationally Challenged."

You do understand why AF enlisted address each other as sir/ma’am, don’t you?

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3 hours ago, BFM this said:

You do understand why AF enlisted address each other as sir/ma’am, don’t you?

No, I don't, since we're the only branch that does it.  And I spent 16-years Enlisted in the USAF.

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14 hours ago, Homestar said:

What, no more friendly shoulder punches?

 

Not just the USAF getting "weak-zebra" syndrome.  In the Navy, if you didn't show blood under your wings on winging day (we were in Summer whites at the time), it was just an excuse for the instructors to keep punching.  I took that route vice "drinking" my wings (yep, there is one guy out there that did take a trip to the hospital to have them removed from his stomach. so drunk he forgot to "catch" the wings in his teeth near the end [unlike turning the boot to avoid the bubble]). 

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16 hours ago, SuperWSO said:

Don’t know how many have seen this, but just got the word that we will no longer be allowed to “tack on” an airman’s stripes when they get promoted.  This behavior is considered hazing and will not be tolerated.

By current standards, my high school was populated with war criminals. 

Anyway, sorry for the distraction, what were we talking about here?

Ehh....., always thought the shoulder punch was kinda dumb.  And every now and again someone would actually get hurt.

 

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2 hours ago, Azimuth said:

No, I don't, since we're the only branch that does it.  And I spent 16-years Enlisted in the USAF.

Used to bug the shit out of me when I'd walk into base ops (sergeant) and they'd auto-sir me.  Brief explanation that, no, despite the bag, I'm an E-5, you can call me Sgt, shithead, whatever, just knock off the sir.  Still sir this and that sir.  FFS.

Then I finished OTS, now immersed in my newfound Blue world, was when I finally noticed, they're all sir/ma'am-ing each other.  MSgt calling A1C sir, SSgts calling each other ma'am.  And also calling me sir.  But since they also call the coffee pot sir, seems like much less of a courtesy extended.  Its a culture of diluting the enlisted rank structure, delineation and responsibilities within enl/NCO ranks, and the enl/off relationship.    A continuation of the mindset leading to a SrA stopping a Capt for ________ infraction, and if the Capt does not accept the correction on the spot, the SrA tells their Shirt, etc, etc.

My opinion, from the perspective of having been proud to be addressed as Sgt, because it meant something, and I knew early on that if I ever poked a finger in a Marine Captain's chest, I would pull back a bloody stump, regardless of what clownery he was wearing.  But that's where I grew up, I guess.

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On 2/27/2018 at 11:49 PM, mcbush said:

Also, no more rank. Aren’t we all equals as Airpersons?

Airperson is offensive to non ops types as it insinuates that you aren’t as special if you aren’t near the flight line.  Soon to come: blueperson. 

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On 2/28/2018 at 1:06 PM, BFM this said:

My opinion, from the perspective of having been proud to be addressed as Sgt, because it meant something, and I knew early on that if I ever poked a finger in a Marine Captain's chest, I would pull back a bloody stump, regardless of what clownery he was wearing.  But that's where I grew up, I guess.

Did not use sir too much unless they were very senior to everybody. MX world we addressed officers by their rank, Capt, Major etc and of course the 2nd Lt whose life was being made miserable by a MX O-5 was addressed ell tee. If I was calling out a MX troop if in casual conversation I used their last name and if I started saying Amn Snuffy you know I was about to chew your ass. If my MX officer had a uniform infraction  I would just make eye contact, point to my own uniform and he would look at his and fix the infraction, then I would just smile and walk away. Always keep it professional.

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5 hours ago, dream big said:

Airperson is offensive to non ops types as it insinuates that you aren’t as special if you aren’t near the flight line.  Soon to come: blueperson. 

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40 minutes ago, 17D_guy said:

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This fail brought you by US Cyber Command

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to be mean
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This fail brought you by US Cyber Command


It was removed by the *new* DSET addin that will crash Outlook even more often and let less possible PII through. Any string of 10 numbers is assumed to be a SSN and will require encryption to send.

it. Hit encrypt on all emails!
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22 hours ago, matmacwc said:

This fail brought you by US Cyber Command

Hey hey hey... that's 24 AF!

I tried to fix it 3 times...then just quit and restarted.

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39 minutes ago, 17D_guy said:

Hey hey hey... that's 24 AF!

I tried to fix it 3 times...then just quit and restarted.

Did you close the ticket out before bothering to address it?

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