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Infantry training in Air Force
« on: August 29, 2019, 01:00:35 »
How often and how much are aerospace control officers and air combat system officer receive infantry type of training? Do they get any of it at all? While I wanna be a AEC, I’m not sure if a lack of infantry training will be disappointing when I’m in.

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Re: Infantry training in Air Force
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2019, 02:15:30 »
If you want to be infantry, go infantry.  The two jobs you listed are Air Force, the furthest thing from the infantry

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Re: Infantry training in Air Force
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2019, 07:22:55 »
None. The closest you can get is to be in the Tactical Aviation branch of the RCAF, where the odds are high that your Squadron would be co-located with an Army Brigade, and you could ruck march around the base to your heart’s delight.  AECs, however, do not serve in the Aviation branch.   As Rhodesian noted, if you are that keen on things Infantry, then consider that as your career path.

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Re: Infantry training in Air Force
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2019, 07:33:32 »
you could ruck march around the base to your heart’s delight

and boy does THAT sound fun!   ;D
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Re: Infantry training in Air Force
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2019, 08:12:11 »
How often and how much are aerospace control officers and air combat system officer receive infantry type of training? Do they get any of it at all? While I wanna be a AEC, I’m not sure if a lack of infantry training will be disappointing when I’m in.

Generally, zero.  However, some AECs and ACSOs can ask to become a Joint Terminal Attack Controller, in which case yes.  But that's usually after your first/second tour as an AEC/ACSO, so you're talking 5-6 years after you get in. 

I'm about 99.5% sure you'll change your mind about the "lack of Infantry training" by then.  You can quote me on that.
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Re: Infantry training in Air Force
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2019, 12:21:42 »
Generally, zero.  However, some AECs and ACSOs can ask to become a Joint Terminal Attack Controller, in which case yes.  But that's usually after your first/second tour as an AEC/ACSO, so you're talking 5-6 years after you get in. 

I'm about 99.5% sure you'll change your mind about the "lack of Infantry training" by then.  You can quote me on that.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed infantry training as well...and I’m pretty sure the Infantry appreciated the training as well, understanding quite clearly that in 60 seconds, they could be dropped off three grid squares in the wrong direction... ;D

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Re: Infantry training in Air Force
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2019, 12:43:25 »
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed infantry training as well...and I’m pretty sure the Infantry appreciated the training as well, understanding quite clearly that in 60 seconds, they could be dropped off three grid squares in the wrong direction... ;D

And here I was thinking all along that that policy was an SOP, not an accident :)
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Re: Infantry training in Air Force
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2019, 13:23:19 »
The annual Base Defence exercise?

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Re: Infantry training in Air Force
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2019, 14:04:22 »
Uhhhh, personally I wouldn't classify what the WASF does as "infantry" stuff, at least not on the Wings I've been at.
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Re: Infantry training in Air Force
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2019, 15:41:46 »
And here I was thinking all along that that policy was an SOP, not an accident :)

SOP if we didn’t like you.  Accident if you were a good egg and we were just having an off day... ;)

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Re: Infantry training in Air Force
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2019, 16:30:03 »
SOP if we didn’t like you.  Accident if you were a good egg and we were just having an off day... ;)

You've nicely explained the differences between the RAF and the AAC :)
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Re: Infantry training in Air Force
« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2019, 17:34:28 »
Uhhhh, personally I wouldn't classify what the WASF does as "infantry" stuff, at least not on the Wings I've been at.

I've been in charge of a WASF before - they stick to manning the fence.
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