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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

ChairForce (Examining the USAF)

The US Air Force is transitioning from manned aircraft to unmanned aircraft such that the F-22 Raptor is likely to be the last advanced fighter with a pilot sitting in a place where he/she will be shot at. However, don't panic. There will still be squadrons of pilots, sitting in chairs - somewhere - pushing buttons.


If you examine the photo above, you have to ask yourself whether this is a real Air Force zoomie or whether it's some sort of faked picture because the glory shot has the guy standing up. Since when did you see an airman standing up? Ok, I've seen them walking to the chow hall too. They do stand up to do that.


There are a lot of cruel jokes passed around about the US Air Force. Other services have taken to calling it the chair force because whether they are flying jets, piloting UAV's or eating doughnuts, the Air Force does its work sitting down. Why you need to wear camouflage while sitting at a desk or taking a nap is beyond me. Then again, I don't get the new blue Navy camo that makes it impossible to see a sailor that falls overboard either.


I doubt that in the entire history of the USAF, any of their service members were forced to use a privy. Usually they prefer that their restrooms are sanitized and air conditioned and that the piped in music be of a soothing variety. They won't sit down just anywhere.

Drone combat - with a an extra large soda and a box of Ho Ho's to eat while
you're dodging bullets from a chair in Virginia.

The Air Force has a lot of nap time, prompting the nasty assertion that the only jobs you can get laying on your back is 'airman' and 'prostitute'. Yeah, it's unfair. Hookers have to stand on the curb soliciting tricks --- there's a lot of standing in that job. Hookers stand out in the rain. Airmen are like the wicked witch...they melt in the rain.


But when it comes to the NCO of the year competition, I think that all of the services can join together and give a mighty thumbs-up (or something up) to this entry from the US Air Force/Chair Force. Because the Army, Navy and Marines don't have any who are this good.


Maybe there is something to be said for fighting the war from a chair, or a couch, or a bed...with an inexhaustible supply of cold beer readily available and USO on the weekends... and NCO's like the sergeant above to rub your shoulders when you've had a long day looking into that computer screen while you're flying the drone.

Look at this!  Would the USMC offer a "singles retreat" with the NCO of the year? Don't hold your breath.



12 comments:

  1. I guess we'll have The Handicapped Fighter Pilot's Assoc.

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    1. No doubt there will be a special club for them - sort of a Playboy Mansion...

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  2. Hey! Flying a drone is a dangerous business. Don't you know how much Carpel Tunnel Syndrome hurts? And those joysticks really chafe.

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    1. You have to worry about weight gain too when all you do is sit at a chair and eat fast food while you're in 'combat'.

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  3. Ouch! But then the trurh hurts.

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    1. Going to the retreat with the NCO of the year could end up with a career ending disability too if she decided to get rough with you.

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  4. The chairforce Warfighting? Really? http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/drone-pilots-find-it-difficult-balance-warfighting-their-personal-lives-180951150/#cVDuctrM5Xdzzdid.01

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    1. Good article: While the pilots found their work rewarding, they said that being deployed “on station” (living at home and reporting to work on base) rather than “in theater” “negatively affected their quality of life, as it was challenging for them to balance their warfighting responsibilities with their personal lives for extended periods of time.”

      The article states that "shift work" is very hard on the pilots and that they don't like reporting for work every day because it impacts their social schedules.

      CHAIR FORCE

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  5. Yeah, sure as hell NOT the Navy... But they like harassing us and arresting us every chance they get...

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    1. No, it's not the Navy. A USAF deployment never includes being under water for months at a time, on a ship with a 'hot bunk', being in rough seas with the pollywogs barfing all over EVERYTHING, etc. A USAF hardship is a 3 star hotel without room service.

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    2. The USAF have medals for strange things such as "Valor while flying a drone in combat from a trailer in Virginia or Nevada". I'm positive that they get a medal for staying overnight in a 3 star hotel too because of the level of hardship they're forced to endure.

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    3. For exceptionally valorous achievement in unselfishly allowing his unit to stay in the last rooms at the Hyatt Plaza while he selflessly volunteered to stay at the Best Western Plus as long as he could charge the porn channel to his room.

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