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Ask an Airman anything about the Air Force
#1
Like the subject says
Denethor Wrote:[18|Feb 12:25 PM]: You're foreign, aren't you
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#2
Why do you hate America?
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#3
Do you guys really do your pft's on bikes?
Just a dumb grunt.
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#4
What are "bomb loaders" and what do they do?
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#5
Are you going to reenlist?

What is an Air Force deployment like?

How easy is your work week?

Do you have an additional source of income due to small amount of work you do?

What's your proudest accomplishment so far in the Air Force?
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#6
Handi - Not for several years. The bike test was for those who were unable to do the 1.5mi run due to injury, but was difficult to pass unless you smoked regularly.  There's now a 3 mi walk test that's used instead of the run if the situation permits, but most people who are on profile just do the portions that aren't restricted instead.  Also, the test is fucking easy: 1 minute push-ups, 1 minute sit-ups (hands on chest), waist measurement, and 1.5 mi run.

ABACABB - That would be under Munition Systems (MUNS), or AFSC 2WOX1 (because the AF won't use MOS for some fucking reason).  You babysit bombs, do maintenance checks and services on them, do inventories, move the bombs when needed, make sure that they are loaded onto the bomber correctly.  I can get more info from a muns guy I know if you would like.

SucksDick (Deployment) - Depends on your AFSC (MOS) and what you deploy to do.  A few years ago, the Junior Enlisted would go do escort duties for 8-12 hours per day (Afg, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, etc) for 4-6 months.  Other deployments were mostly to Afghanistan for 6 months doing whatever you were tasked with by the leadership there (normally 14 hour days). There's also regular duty positions at Kandahar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Djibouti. JET isn't so bad; The Army asks for people to fill MOS slots that they can't. We roll for 1-2 months in a skills course (M4, M9, M240, M249, M2, MK19, convoy and MCP, building clearing, etc) then 6 months in Afghanistan doing something related to why you deploy (JFTR regulations - our CO got in a ton of shit for trying to farm us out to random bullshit).  I was lucky enough to work under NATO at a schoolhouse; Most of the people who rolled with the group ended up either on continuous convoys to random FOB's to fix radios or stuck in an admin spot working 15 hour days 7 days a week.  Officers tended to either deploy to secure FOB's in Kabul (needed something for promotion, such as 134 full birds at one fucking place) or cushy 2 wk - 4 month jaunts somewhere (such as Cuba).

SucksDick (Work Week) - I'm not a flightliner, so not so bad.  My current assignment is 0730-1630 M-F, but I tend to work until 1715 most days.  Shift work is also common; 3-2-2-3 is my favorite.  Flightline maintenance work shitty schedules (planes fly from 0600-2000 most days) so 14 hour shifts is common from what I've seen.  Security Forces gets shit on everywhere; Most places I've seen are 12's plus 2 for armory, with training (upgrade, ancillary, range, k9 duties) occurring on days off.  As for easiness of the work week, there's a ton of shit going on all the time due to the budget cuts.  We have both a home-base mission and a deployed mission, which keeps us spinning our wheels. Also, we do annual performance reports (EPR) for E-1 through E-9, which affect promotion (which you can only test once per year).  Also, you have to do training, college (expected for performance reports), take care of subordinates, and do military coursework (CDC's, UGT, ALS, Course 15, NCOA, Course 14, SNCOA, etc).  We also have fuck-fuck games, fundatory events, voluntold assignments, commander's calls, stand by to stand by, and other shit that comes with being in the military.

SucksDick (Income) - I know that you are joking, but some people do hold down second jobs. Construction, tech repair, pizza delivery are the most common that I've seen.  We also don't get substandard housing allowance, despite what you may hear (also, I've known a couple blue falcons who perpetrated that myth on purpose).

SucksDick (Accomplishment) - I managed to annoy the assignment personnel into giving me orders to Japan, so there's that.  Only took me 18 months of special duty requests and preference update notifications.

Slink - I seriously considered Navy, but then decided that I didn't want to spend 6 months out of the year on a ship with a small living area.  
Denethor Wrote:[18|Feb 12:25 PM]: You're foreign, aren't you
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#7
Thanks for the answer. Do Security Forces people go around telling other airmen that they don't even operate?
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#8
No, they mostly down the hatred of their career choice in booze and strippers.
Denethor Wrote:[18|Feb 12:25 PM]: You're foreign, aren't you
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#9
Can confirm Security Forces tells everyone else they don't even operate while downing their own hatred in booze and strippers.
You'll have to speak up, I'm not wearing any pants.

F18WrenchMonkey: NSF is grand master champion at being apathetic
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#10
Slink: Montague Dawson
NSF: ?
Denethor Wrote:[18|Feb 12:25 PM]: You're foreign, aren't you
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#11
How many times have you gone into the wild blue 'yonder?
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(03-01-2015, 11:53 AM)Horrible Wrote: How many times have you gone into the wild blue 'yonder?

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Also, I'm USAF intel and have worked in standard air wing ops support, Korean ISR, and now Fort Meade shenanigans. Ask me shit.

half of the fun of being in the Air Force is watching the other branches get confused and outraged about it
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#13
Why are your ranks so screwy?
The Kool-Aid is a lie.
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#14
NPR: According to our PDG (AFPD 36-22), it was due to needing to recognize technicians during wwii, but the PDG is normally very vague and dis-truthful on most things so I wouldn't trust that. We chopped out CPL, which moved SSgt to E5 and MSgt to E7. Technical Sergeant would be E7 (such as Gunny), but is E6 due to this.
Denethor Wrote:[18|Feb 12:25 PM]: You're foreign, aren't you
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#15
E4 was Buck Sergeant back in the day

half of the fun of being in the Air Force is watching the other branches get confused and outraged about it
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#16
As security, Chomps, I was merely confirming what you said.
You'll have to speak up, I'm not wearing any pants.

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#17
Ah.

Corvus, have you been briefed on course 15 yet?
Denethor Wrote:[18|Feb 12:25 PM]: You're foreign, aren't you
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(03-02-2015, 08:04 AM)Chomps Wrote: Ah.

Corvus, have you been briefed on course 15 yet?

not yet, but I only recently put on SSgt and I'm at Fort Meade which is like Bizarro World, so what the fuck do I know?

half of the fun of being in the Air Force is watching the other branches get confused and outraged about it
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#19
No worries. It's now a required course for SSgt's once you reach your 7 year mark. (NCOA prep course)
Denethor Wrote:[18|Feb 12:25 PM]: You're foreign, aren't you
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#20
Lack of focus on mission accomplishment in favor of things like professionalism in the workplace training, MEO stuff, sexual assault awareness, and buzzwords like "resiliency". On top of this they over-emphasize additional duties and other extraneous bullshit.

Also, for whatever reason we've decided that PT is the only thing that matters when it comes to assessing value to the Air Force, so mediocre troops who are PT studs hang around while star performers who struggle with PT are basically shit-listed.

Overall, I'd say lack of focus on what's important is the overarching problem we have. Peacetime military syndrome.

half of the fun of being in the Air Force is watching the other branches get confused and outraged about it
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#21
Are Air Force wimminz really all smoking hot, or at a much higher hot/not ratio than the rest of the services or is it only perceived that way due to the fact that all ugly WM's in the air force seem to be hidden away from view when the Marines come about..

..or is it because your wimminz would rather drop trou and spread legs for Marines rather than other airmen?
Just a dumb grunt.
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#22
Why wouldn't the Air Force security forces people let me try on their beret when I was at Okuma in Okinawa?
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#23
Handi: we try to put the better looking ones in services and personnel. Or the admin work causes women to gravitate to those AFS's. Either way, it's a bit different in shops that do maintenance.

Gwamo: why the fuck would you want to wear somebody else's hat?
Denethor Wrote:[18|Feb 12:25 PM]: You're foreign, aren't you
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#24
@handi: all of the above

@Gwamo: because you didn't earn their respect first. If they like you enough, they might let you try it on. I would advise bringing them an offering of Monster, tobacco, and penis jokes.

half of the fun of being in the Air Force is watching the other branches get confused and outraged about it
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#25
https://imgur.com/gallery/u6hp5kS

Basically my question is, why hasn't he been removed from the gene pool yet?
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