11/2/2009 7:43:28 PM
I read somewhere that the endorphinergic reaction to seeing a loved one dies out in about 9 months. Meaning we're biologically built to love each other just long enough for a child to be born. However, there are 'swans' that somehow stay in love for life.Posted in: General Discussion
10/16/2009 6:53:21 PM
Wow that got intense. To answer Umpa, Air Force PT is 6 days a week, alternating calisthenic and cardiovascular days. On cardio days, you run a group pace based on your ability for 10 minutes, then 15 minutes self-paced. After self-pace, you sprint for 30 second intervals.Posted in: General Discussion
On calisthenic days, you do pushups, crunches, partial squats, flutter-kicks, squat-thrusts, 'pyramid pushups', and leg-raises. TI's have fun destroying you on these days. Just don't be 'that guy' and you'll be fine.
Eval runs are 1.5 miles. To pass, you need 11:40 or better (again, I think). My time went from 11-ish to 9:40.
In response to Equinox's post above, I'll agree you don't learn much of use at basic. However, look at the name. It's "basic military training." It's an indoctrination into the military life, which means learning rank structure, customs and courtesies, dress and appearance, reporting, all things you'll have to know for the rest of your career. All the rest is developing an ability to work with a sense of urgency, thinking under pressure, working as an individual and a leader.
10/6/2009 11:56:39 AM
"One part of pararescue training involves being held underwater until your heart stops, and having another PJ trainee bring you back to consciousness."Posted in: General Discussion
I just got word this is bullshit. Sorry about that. Although they do bind your arms and legs before throwing you into a pool on a daily basis.
Also, no one said anything about Army boot camp. I hate when people use 'army' and 'military' interchangeably. Just keep in mind what branch you're talking to, please.
And yes, although in retrospect I can say it was easy and even funny at times, it sucks going through it. You ever see grown men cry? It's your whole life being flipped upside down for several weeks, a 100% hostile environment that you have to get used to.
Meteoro is right about everything. The military absolutely makes you a better person. You'll learn to appreciate luxuries like time, food, time to eat food, books, music, movies...and women. Oh my god. The females looked better and better every week XD
If you're interested in enlisting at all, go talk to a recruiter or check out the branch website. There's no commitment involved in that. Just make sure you run the show, get the info you want, and don't get talked into anything. My recruiter was great, but apparently that's a rarity.
9/15/2009 8:27:01 PM
The thing is, Air Force basic doesn't need to be hard, because 95% of AF jobs are non-combat related. For the combat jobs, there are tech schools for training. Off the top of my head, combat controllers, pararescuemen (PJs), TACP (tactical air control party), and security forces receive additional combat training. Our combat controllers and PJs are some of the most hardcore warriors in the world. One part of pararescue training involves being held underwater until your heart stops, and having another PJ trainee bring you back to consciousness.Posted in: General Discussion
9/14/2009 8:13:30 PM
Haha, basic actually sucked. Not that it was particularly hard, it just sucked ass being limited to letters as your only form of communication.Posted in: General Discussion
Let's see. Our PT was pretty easy. Our weapons training is a joke, we had a day of training each on the M16 and M9. You didn't even need to qualify to graduate. I, being the straight killer that I am, qualified as a marksman.
The culmination of our training was the BEAST (Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills Training), where we lived in nice air conditioned tents and pretended to be in a deployed environment. We practiced UXO procedures (identifying, setting up cordons, etc), post attack recon, and self aid/buddy care. Those were the main things we learned.
The majority of our time at basic was spent folding clothes. They put a ton of emphasis on attention to detail, so everything has to be impeccable. The worst case of this was when one of my wingmen spent a solid 45 minutes folding one towel. That was just annoying.
Don't worry, I won't take offense. Our basic is a joke compared to yours, and our TIs reminded us of that. Someone made the mistake of referring to basic as "boot camp" to a TI, and got his ass reamed.
9/14/2009 7:53:01 PM
Posted in: Other GamesQuote fromI have no idea how they stand up to each other, but... go with a DS. Golden Sun 3 is going to come out next year probably, and that alone makes the DS worth it
Oh man...the Golden Sun games were some of my favorite rpgs ever....but I was just starting to lean towards the PSP. This is gonna be a tough choice. Get....both? Ugh. My poor bank account.
9/11/2009 9:21:47 PM
Thank you! It's called imagery analysis. Looking at pictures and identifying stuff. It's supposedly one of the more learning intensive tech schools of the Air Force.Posted in: General Discussion
9/11/2009 9:16:18 PM
Ok. So I'm at tech school, and my dorm sucks. I don't have a real desk, so I cannot get a PC as I originally planned. I still need entertainment however, and I need to decide on what option will maximize my fun levels. So, I'd like users of either the PSP or the DS to sell me on which one is the shit.Posted in: Other Games
Also, what are the 'must have' games for each? What games are there to look out for?
Help me out here people.
9/11/2009 8:54:55 PM
Johnny here. You may remember me from such threads as "Your Zombie Contingency Plan" or "You'll never believe what I did with my cousin!" Anyways, I just graduated from Air Force basic training last week. It was a blast.Posted in: General Discussion
I see that Blizzard waited until I was gone before revealing another class. Typical.
Now I'm going to tech school for the next 6 months. To give this thread some actual purpose, any questions about the Air Force or basic? Anything else big happen in the past couple months?
Nice to be back to semi-civilization.
7/6/2009 9:28:18 AM
@blacklabel-Posted in: General Discussion
Haha, thanks for the advice. I'm a 1N1-Imagery Analysis. How about you? Active duty? Where are you stationed?
Exactly, and with that nice government money I'll be able to build myself a new PC.
Strangely, that's pretty much what I had in mind. It's all basically a mind game anyways.
To everyone, THANK YOU! Rest assured I'll do my best and learn a lot. I'm gonna miss this forum *sheds tear*. Haha, you all take care.
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