Monday, February 12, 2007
We Don't Need No Stink'n Ammo
posted by El Capitan at 9:12 AM
Please. You joined the AIR FORCE.
We don't need ammunition, we look good.
Ouch, airforcewife, that one strikes below the belt.
There's a good reason why we need weapons training in the Air Force, and it may surprise some people out there. We need weapons training because at any given time, we may be tasked to pull convoy duty in support of the Army and Marines overseas.
This isn't your father's Air Force anymore. BMT is going to 8 weeks, with M16 trainer rifles being issued as soon as you step off the bus. I was just reading in the Air Force times that fitness scores are going to start counting towards EPRs and OPRs. The entire branch is moving to be leaner, fitter, stronger, faster, and ready to kick anyone's ass anywhere on a moment's notice.
The days of the Chair Force are over.
Actually, when my father was in the Air Force, he carried his rifle slung over his shoulder while he was volunteer teaching a class of Vietnamese to speak English. :)
Then, he used that same rifle to walk ONE round of guard duty before the generator kicked on and he, um..., kicked it off. With bullets.
The up side to that was that he never had to walk guard duty again...
Also, he was probably the only E6 in country that had an Army Major as a house-maid (my uncle was there at the same time and had this visceral reaction to the filth my Dad was comfortable living in).
Ahhh, Thanksgiving stories. I miss them. :)