Originally Posted by SASless
Air Force Lean???
I will bet you the Pizza Parlors, Clubs, swimming pools and such will not be cut. Our hearts used to bleed seeing how the boys in blue suffered in a combat zone....oh do check your weapon at the gate....no firearms allowed dear boy!
I never try to defend the hand to hand 'fighting' qualities of USAF airmen (save for Combat Controllers and PJs!) with any ground pounders. But then, I also respond to the envy disguised as contempt with "We all volunteered to join the US military. It's just that some of us turned left at the recruiter's and some turned right."
US Service battle cries:
Loads of airmen (and USN sailors as well) are being shanghied into convoy and other formerly USA/USMC duty to help stretch the Army's commitments. (I really hope it doesn't devolve into a "well, you shouldn't be there to start with" or "GWB is the devil," etc. from some, but then I am too optimisic at times.)
We are in the midst of a 40K + reduction with another 30K + being seriously considered.