Losing flight status != losing wings. I can’t remember the exact verbiage from the FNAEB instruction. But if someone gets their wings pulled it’s for words to the effect of “willfully violating rules and regulations,” or “bringing disgrace upon Naval Aviation.”Seriously, who gives a sh*t if someone loses their warfare qual?
Well, we had some dip sh*t (Dorsey) who knowingly shot down a friendly and permanently injured someone for life. That idiot did not have his wings removed nor was he kicked out of Navy.Losing flight status != losing wings. I can’t remember the exact verbiage from the FNAEB instruction. But if someone gets their wings pulled it’s for words to the effect of “willfully violating rules and regulations,” or “bringing disgrace upon Naval Aviation.”
If someone just has trouble making a qual in good faith, the Air Boss probably isn’t going to pull their wings just to humiliate them on their way out the door.
This is essentially what the Cryptologic Warfare community does, sending most new officers to NIOCs to learn their trade, get qualified, then get to the fleet with a baseline level of specialized knowledge. My qual (more the 1810 pre-requisite than the pin) was tough, which had a lot to do with our leadership at the time, but from what I hear it's now the norm across NIOCs. We all felt like we earned it, so it's disappointing (though not totally surprising) that it's not like that across the broader IWC.I wish that the Intel pin did imply a baseline degree of competence. Unfortunately, as Bubblehead alluded to, that doesn’t seem to be the case. I’ve seen several less than competent Intel Os get pushed through the pipeline in the name of professional progression without anyone taking the time to assess their actual proficiency. It’s telling to me that all of the Weapons School Intel Os I worked with in my last job were prouder of their weapons school Intel patches than they were of earning their Intel pins. In the words of one (frankly the best Intel O I’ve worked with) “it felt like I actually had to earn this patch.”
It’s been discussed on this board before, but I feel like squadron AIs are done a disservice by being sent out to the fleet immediately post NIOBC. So much of their first tour progression hinges on their ability to learn on the fly and the mentorship that they receive from the squadron training o/tactics shop.
It also doesn’t help that it seems like the community values generalists over specialization. I think it’s a problem when a hard charging weapons school intel o is told he’s affecting his career progression by singing up for a tour in Fallon.