This is such a hoot to read. Having been raised in the Air Force; worked on a base that housed all of the branches; and having Mr Bear <while stationed on an Army Post of all places!> work in a joint Navy, Army and Air Force unit for 7 yrs, I am well familiar with most of the terms I’ve read here.
It’s funny how we all like to poke fun at the ‘other’ branches of military service, yet, when the chips are down, there’s not a one that wouldn’t die to help anyone else, regardless of the branch they serve. There is a unity in the military that most civilians never truly comprehend, that sets us apart from the rest. And, yes, while technically speaking I’m a civilian, I’m a dependent wife first, and that means I outrank all of you Yahoo’s. wink
I would never insult an enlisted by saluting them either. And after my recent sojourn in the AF hospital here <a training hospital no less>, I have not altered my opinion of butter bars and shave tails yet. At least not in an upward manner.
Now, as to the OP, from what I understand of this process, I think it will be a good thing in the long run. To think that men and women died needlessly because the Army and/or AF pilots weren’t trained to land on carriers and were therefore banned from it, so the wounded couldn’t get to the proper medical care in time is a shameful thing for our country. We can do better than that. Our armed forces deserve better than that. So, if they’re finally getting smart, and going to integrate such areas, I see that as a positive thing.
Oh, and Kricket, drop me an email, and I’ll tell you what I’ve learned over the years, if you’re interested.