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Clueless: How civilians get the Air Force all wrong: Since you're in the Air Force, you automaticall... #airforce

Clueless: How civilians get the Air Force all wrong: Since you're in the Air Force, you automaticall... #airforce

Since you’re in the Air Force, you automatically fly a plane, right? That’s what some civilians think. Air Force Times asked airmen to describe some of the most off-the-wall things they hear when face to face with their civilian counterparts. The idea that everyone in the Air Force is a pilot is the No. 1 misconception that most airmen hear. And No. 2: “Oh you’re in the [armed services]? Do you know my sister/cousin/uncle?” Then, there are the people who see airmen and their military counterparts as freeloaders. Comments assuming troops are “not paying taxes” or are receiving “a handout from the government” are two that get under airmen’s skin. In a similar vein: ■“Your retirement pay is an entitlement,” Brian Zimmerman is told. ■“Don’t they pay for all your food and rent?” Colleen Long is asked. ■“You must get awesome overtime pay with all those 12-hour days,” William Pet...

Full article: http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20131104/NEWS/311040004

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