|Quoting DALMD88 (Reply 19):|
Very few MOS get you enough varied training and experience to get a sign off to do all your O&P's. My personnel experience with ex military mechanics is the guys from the Marines and the Navy are usually have more varied experience than the Air Force or Army guys. My take is on a ship you can't be as specialized.
I'm afraid I have to agree. (And I spent 22 years in the AF
finishing with 5 years on KC
When I got out I figured I was going to show those civillians how to fix planes right! (OOPS! I got my butt handed to me fairly often in the first couple of years on the outside.) Now after 18 years relearning my craft I also have learned to hold my tongue a little better (but not much).
Another side of the problem is that the military, AF
in particular, has consolidated and shortened, what used to be spectacular, schools to a level of bare essentials. ("This box goes in this rack and pushes the rudder. . ." ) I must add that the enforced application of "Simplified Technical English" seems to have had a similar effect on the civilian tech manuals to what shortening the schools in the military has done.
If you want to see a true tragedy you should see the KC
-10 fleet now. The paint's peeling, skydrol dripping and page upon page of open discrepancies (many the kind you don't MEL
in the commercial world). I heard the excuse that they're flying them too much to do any maintenance but when you consider they have less than 50,000 hours and there were 22 sitting on the ramp at WRI
all week when I was there in November I have to put that excuse aside.
The schools are too narrow in scope and if a guy only spends 4 years he gets very little varied experience on the associated systems. That's why the airlines don't want to interview a guy until he's had at least 2 years in a repair station and another 2 at a regional.
If you want to learn specific theory about a system I heartily recommend AF
schools. If you want to get a more general education and level of experience I've found the Navy, Marines, and even Army guys to be more diversified and less likely to pull the "not my job" line on their supervisors on the outside.
In all events there are many good schools out here. If you want to learn fast go to the military. If you have a couple of years and some money with no better use find a good school.
Okay I'm back off my soapbox now. Have at me. . .
Oh yeah; Would someone please find the appropriate colonel's butt to kick. I'm still pi&*(ed off about what I saw at WRI
. There's no excuse!
Now flame away~~~~~~~~~
One may educate the ignorance from the unknowing but stupid is forever. Boswell; ca: 1533