Well, coming from someone who is totally clueless about all military matters, you could not lead a cub scout troop across a road.<quoted text>
And had everything been "spot-on" (LRs tm reg'd) with the military at that time, helicopters, fighters, tanks, guns, ships, etc, what would the US have attacked in 1979 or what would they have repulsed? Would a military in perfect condition have prevented the Iranian hostage-taking? Once the hostages taken, would Carter, with his huge military stockpile, been able to free the hostages by, let's say, having B-52s carpet-bomb Teheran or use cruise missiles, dozens of them?
Thank god you were just a WO, therefore an NCO (in real British and Canadian and Commonwealth air forces, a WO is a non-officer and your carrying-on only reinforces my belief that the US made a mistake and we and the Brits are right - NCO for WOs.) and had no hand in policy. You may know how to use weapons, though I seriously doubt it, but you sure as hell would never know why, when and where to use them.
Yes, they wanted me to apply to both OCS and West Point but both times I said "no thank you". I did want I wanted and that was to fly. And I am good at it too.
And I grew up with generals and I have even been with Gen. Colon Powell in about two dozen meetings. Sure I did not talk to him as it was my job to make sure my BG was properly informed.
Do you have any idea how many five-man Army EOD teams we have just inside the U.S.? They are all over the place. And it seemed as they were at either 40% strength or 200%. But my major job was aviator strengths. Yes, sometimes we we have too many Chinook pilots and too few Apache pilots at Fort Campbell, KY while at the same time we had the reverse at Fort Hood, TX. But my BG seemed to think I was doing a good job.
But the only thing I wanted to supervise is an aircrew as if you are on my crew, you have no major problems. Because if you did, you would not be on my CREW! It was the platoon leader and company commander to worry about problem people.
No, I like helping people out. Just yesterday I help an older couple with a flat tire. And their spare was also FLAT. But I have an electric tire pump in my Honda Ridgeline and I aired up their spare and off they went. But I hate to be struck with a stupid person!
Why in Korea I had a sergeant who had gonorrhea for SIX MONTHS! Yes, he would go on sick call and get "shot-up" with antibiotics and then he would go to the NCO club and drink a six-pack of beer. Finally we had him locked up at the 121st Evacuation Hospital for about six weeks and he came back clean and sober .... for two or three weeks!