In the Crossfire
It seemed like the command element was a little overly cautious before sending the PJ's out to evacuate the casualties. I know it's the Air Force but combat zones are inherently dangerous and the Army guys are out there getting attacked on a daily basis. The Air Force should take a much more aggressive posture. Why are the AF tours of duty only 4 months when the Army and Marines were doing 12-18 months?
@Richard Smith Almost all SOFs have shorter deployments because their OP tempo is much higher. Also anyone in charge is generally a little worried sending in their SOF medics and birds. These medics take atleast 2 years to train (not including their normal pipeline, which is generally another year to two years) and they are worth alot of money. I am not saying they should not be aggressive, but a injured medic is no good to anyone. Also adding blackhawks to the equation brings in a whole other issue. Birds are also worth alot of money and they are giant targets. Atleast when they are in the air they are mobile, but when they land they are sitting ducks. These guys need to set the conditions for it to be as safe as possible otherwise worst case scenario, the blackhawk and the PJ get blown out of the air and that patient is no where closer to being brought to a hospital. All this being said, PJs will get their patients out of there or die trying,
@Kyle Moy @Richard SmithWell put Kyle. Most people don't understand the AF resources as they relate to other Armed Forces SFs. They believe we should all be the same and act in the same capacity. If that was the case, there would be one Armed Force. The pipeline is tough (if you don't wash out) and Med training at Kirtland AFB is even tougher, mentally. The AF's more "aggressive posture" is in the air (less we forget).
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Thats a good question, i was wondering the same thing when he said 4 months.