|Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 50):|
I don't think so. between 1977 and 1981, we, in tankers were getting 40 hours of flying time per quarter. Those 40 hours every 3 months were expected to maintane full profiency. It didn't. The class A accident rate in the USN and USAF sored. The accident rate for the KC-135 hit an all time high of 2.25 per 100,000 hours. Under Carter, US Military death rates because of training accidents were at the highest in history.
And was that due to the training(of lack of) or the quality of the people?How about the introduction of new equipment? Or the change from a draft to an all volunteer military or that now started to actually train the way they fight? ? I don't know about the "military" during the Carter admin(neither do you--unless you are 50+ years), but I do know that the ship I was stationed on was ordered in 1977, laid down in 1979 and commissioned in 1981. What better way to cut a budget than to cut ships? I do remember the unemployed people here in Jupiter, I remember my dad thanking God he had a job. What else was a President to do? It was a bad time in the US military, but that really had nothing to do with who was President at the time. Was Eagle Claw his fault also? It was a different world back then, but people still say it was all Carter's fault.
Just to keep on thread--if you want this discussion lets start another one--how Carter saved the US or something
Dan in Jupiter