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Bullying in the USAF

perda04

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A recent report by the DOD Inspector General's Office has found that
allegations of "a culture of widespread bullying and brutality" within
DOD are, in the most part, unfounded. The audit team, which traveled
to every Defense establishment across the USA and abroad and
interviewed staff from all services, found surprisingly few cases of
unfair treatment and bullying within the Army, Navy and Marine Corps.

When it came to the Air Force, however, the report told a different
story. Complaints to the DOD IG came from a total of 3,555 Air Force
members, compared with three from Navy and just one from Army.

While this statistic is alarming in its own right, it becomes horrific
when one considers that each complaint represents a sad story of
abuse, mistreatment and neglect. As one senior Air Force officer put
it, "Each story is, in itself, a sad indictment on the US Air Force.
When taken as a whole, however, they demonstrate a reprehensible lack
of regard for personnel on the part of managers at all levels."

One young pilot told of having to spend two nights in tented
accommodations, despite the fact that there was an empty five-star
hotel just one mile away.

Another said that he had been forced to endure a grueling fitness test
every year since he joined in 1997.

One airwoman alleged that she had been overlooked for promotion on
numerous occasions, simply because she was fat, lazy and stupid.

An aircraft maintenance technician stated he had been refused
permission to wear civilian attire to work, despite the fact that his
uniform clashed with his eye color.

Another had been forced to wear uncomfortable safety boots for periods
of up to eight hours straight.

A clerk could not understand why she had been sent to work in a Joint
military headquarters, "I have been forced to work for horrible Army
people who just don't understand what the military is all about. I
feel the Air Force has victimized me by forcing me to do this... I
will be seeking compensation..."

Shockingly, Air Force senior ranks are also subject to mistreatment.
One SNCO stated, "I was deeply upset when I was addressed as
'Sergeant' by an officer. He knew my name was Robert. It was just
horrible - I have never been more humiliated in my life." In response
a senior officer stated, "the officer in question has been moved
on...".

A number of personnel complained of having to attend courses that were
not relevant to their jobs, such as rigorous ground combat courses and
drawn-out lectures on occupational health and safety and environmental
protection. To add insult to injury, a young airman was even ordered
to pack up chairs in the classroom after one such course.

The huge backlash against treatment of Air Force personnel should
provide senior officers with a vital clue with regard to the massive
retention problems experienced by the USAF in recent times. Over the
past two years, the Defense Department has spent millions looking into
the issue.

Not all of the Air Force's hierarchy, however, was upset by the
revelations. Said the outgoing Chief of the Air Force, "I'm delighted
with the result. I am very happy that our retention problems are due,
in the most part at least, to something as harmless as bullying. I
thought everyone was leaving because of me."
 

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Fact or Fiction?

If indeed a fact, please reference the source because it's so typical of America.

If fiction, it's funny as he!! :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:
 

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There was some USAF Spec Ops guys training with us on a nightime hostage / POW recovery exercise. They were some top notch operators. Some I have met were like the joke above. There was a different attitude in the AF and Navy as a whole.....more 9 to 5 business. The Army and Marines were different. I guess we were just a little off in the head :mrgreen:
 

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If it were true bunch of whinnin cry babys if ya ask me. I went through boot in 69 readying for Viet Nam. Boot camp then made a man out of ya or you got bounced and went home to cry to Momma.
 

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Mahoney Pursley Ranch":2pccnu76 said:
If it were true bunch of whinnin cry babys if ya ask me. I went through boot in 69 readying for Viet Nam. Boot camp then made a man out of ya or you got bounced and went home to cry to Momma.

I went through bootcamp 10 yrs before you,and yes then it seperated the men from the boys.
However while serving in nam in the late 60's I saw a lot of men that made you wonder how they got through bootcamp.Made you think they we're just sending them through for cannon bait and to have the amount of body's they needed in the war.

However no mater if you're a marine or in the army,or how tough you think you are,one branch cannot function without the other.That's just the way our military is designed to function.

Cal
 

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Calman":38nzhnw2 said:
However no mater if you're a marine or in the army,or how tough you think you are,one branch cannot function without the other.That's just the way our military is designed to function.
Cal

True words of wisdom, Cal. I know this thread was just harmless fun, but I couldn't help but think of it when I heard about the pilot that made the perfect water landing in the Hudson River the other day. He was an Air Force fighter pilot and doesn't sound like much of a whiner to me.
 

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I agree VanC that pilot was a brave man and an excellent pilot.
I have a nephew who is in charge of the medical records and appointments of the stealth pilot's.and I would think he has a pretty important job.
I don't know if the airforce still has them but I have run onto some mighty brave AFSF as well as the Navy seals back in the 60's.
While I was in SF training we trained with men from all branches of the military.
But again that was back in 1960. I don't have a clue how they do it now.
I can only say we have a great bunch of brave men and women in the military yet today.

Cal
 
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