HeavyHooker said:The point is to have a soldier that can advise the a/c which COA to follow on the ground in the event of us having to land outside the wire.
That may be the intent, to somebody, but it is rather nonsense. There is training in the AF, specifically for aircrews, for what to do should you find yourself on the ground "outside the wire"........combat arms guy not required.
Without any technical background, this is a tough nut to crack.
CC-130J...............Take a look at what they are teaching the LMs to do. Not that tough a nut to crack.
I know that most pilots are perfectly capable but there still is not that intimate technical background
I've got allot of hours listening to junior FOs being grilled by ACs about systems, how things work, what does what and how, in excruciating detail. I'm pretty confident that they have a serious in-depth technical background of the birds they fly. Depending on the aircraft you fly, the FE know less than the rest of the crew, hence why i am not always quick to say "the FE knows best".