Never Get Involved in a Land War in Asia

Filed under:Miscellaneous — posted by Anwyn on April 24, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

Especially if you’re the U.S. Air Force.

The result, Moseley said, is people being assigned to jobs they weren’t trained for. He cited Air Force airmen being used to guard prisoners and serve as drivers and cited one instance in which a female Air Force surgeon was assigned typing chores.

“We got her back,” Moseley said at a breakfast with a group of reporters.

Flying’s a double-edged sword. If they don’t need fliers and those who support fliers, what do you do? Whatever you can, apparently. On the other hand, if they do need fliers, it’s not exactly like they can pluck up an infantry grunt and chuck him into the left seat. Job security?

So much for Gulf War circa 1991.


  1. Haha! This Marine feels little compassion for any person of any service who is compelled to serve outside of their designated military occupational specialty. We do not say “Every marine a rifleman” for nothing! Mission comes first. If the services are too small to do the job right (hint, hint!) then standby to put down your computer mouse and fill sandbags for the team! Tell the USAF it is called “jointness.” :-0

    Comment by Mike S — April 26, 2007 @ 11:13 am

  2. I hear you. If they’re actually speaking of “airmen,” as in the lowest enlisted USAF rank and not just as a general designator for AF personnel, then they shouldn’t be too surprised at doing “sandbag” work. If they’re talking pilots … pilots are notorious about being fairly useless for much else and grumbly at being so ordered. ;)

    It’s nice to have a marine commenting here. Welcome, Mike S.

    Comment by Anwyn — April 26, 2007 @ 11:23 am

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