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Attention to detail and initiative like that is going to get you drive-by tasked by an observant O-4 in the fleet if you aren't careful. Remember: play dumb and appear mediocre, that way when you do good, everyone is pleasantly suprised and you come out looking "not as bad as everyone thought".
I'm kidding. Good point. It's probably here because all us old guys have no idea what the deal is with primary and intermediate these days.
"Hey LTJG Nugget, you aren't scheduled today. Go over to TSC. The reservists are here and they can't remember how to do crypto."
"Hey LTJG Nugget, you aren't scheduled today. We need you to start the APU and open the comm box and sit on XXX while the FOs and 'Trons troubleshoot."
"Hey LTJG Nugget, we're changing the prop housing on XXX, you have duty pilot Saturday."
"Hey LTJG Nugget, why are you behind on PQS?"
"Hey LTJG Nugget, you know how you requested to have tomm off? We need you to fly with the Wing Stan guy. "
"Hey LTJG Nugget, you have SDO Friday morning thru Sat morn. We'll drink for ya at the Wetting Down."
"ALWAYS CARRY A CLIPBOARD FULL OF PAPERWORK AND APPEAR TO BE FRANTICALLY TRYING TO FIND ANOTHER J.O. FOR "SOMETHING URGENT" WHEN PASSING FROM SQUADRON SPACE TO SQUADRON SPACE (OR THE PARKING LOT TO CUT OUT EARLY). CARRY A BLACK GOVERNMENT ISSUE PEN AND CLICK THE BUTTON REPEATEDLY AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO ENHANCE THE "I HAVE THINGS TO DO EFFECT". DO NOT SMILE OR LET ON THAT YOU HAVE A TEE TIME IN 20 MINUTES."- found written in an old J.O. 'guide to the fleet'
Haha, I've got the clipboard full of paperwork ready to go, and I'm working on a 'not so bright' look so that I appear mediocre (or less). Once in a while I forget to accept the status quo ... I'll work on it.
Also don't forget to have an extra cover and set of car keys stashed at work. That way you can take off and leave your keys and cover on your desk. They come looking for you, see your stuff, and say, "Well, he's got to be around here somewhere; his keys and cover are right there."
It works the same way in the surface world...the biggest clue as to whether or not someone has gone home is the boots in the their room. No boots on the floor=still at work. You'd be amazed at the number of people who never figured out how to put a pair of boots in a closet or a drawer.