Re: "I'd Have a Beer With Him"
Part of the problem is the environment of hypocrisy that the AF not only creates but encourages within its ranks by those that hold key positions. Having the charisma of a used car salesman will get you far, however doing what is right even when no one is looking will have you stagnating at MSgt for the remainder of your career. You might be told by your leadership that there are way too many 5's coming out of your section and that we are watering down EPR's, but how many within your leadership received less than a 5 in their last 5 EPR's? Or your Superintendent failed a PT test but has a pass on top and receives a 5 but SSgt XX earned himself a 4 for the same thing. These things happen all the time, self preservation is most evident at the top of the pyramid. Just look at the haircut thread for more examples.
We were told the PT program was about health, but other than a be fit class after a fail there is no other type of health improvement efforts put forth. I believe that trying to find an individual identity as a service has created a monster problem. Our end product is to kill bad guys, yet none of our focus, even in time of war, is on killing bad guys. It's about public image and self preservation, and how comfortable we can make ourselves in retirement.
Never. Let there be no misunderstanding...I am the master baiter around here. --BRUWIN