The United States Air Force is one of the hardest branches of the military to do well in. It handles not just air superiority, but also much of our intelligence gathering and nuclear capabilities. How far would you go?
How hard do you work?
I am consumed by work
6 days a week
I work hard when I'm on the job
I work as hard as I'm told to
Do you have any natural leadership qualities?
Yes, and they have been sharpened with training and practice
I do, but I think I could use some formal education
Some, but I wouldn't know
How badly do you want to be a pilot?
I'm not hot to be a pilot in combat
I would love to be in air combat
I'd love to be a pilot, though not necessarily in a dogfight
I just want to contribute something valuable
Can you be trusted with secrets?
Some secrets I'd rather not know
Any secrets my life depends on, yes
How old are you?
How long do you plan to stay in the service?
I'm a lifer
I'll put in my 20s
I'm thinking maybe 20 years
7 years or so
Do you have an advanced degree?
I've been to college
Are you a medical doctor?
No, but I hold several advanced degrees
No, but I have some medical training
How intelligent are you?
I'm fairly clever
I'm about average
I have no way of knowing
Are you a strategic thinker?
Only in the small scale
Only in terms of shopping
How good are you at games like chess?
I'm a grandmaster
I know the Italian defense
I know how knights move
I don't know anything about it
How do you fare in the game Risk?
I do very well in it
I can hold my own
I don't remember, it has been so long
I don't even know what that is
Can you keep your politics separate from your job?
I can try, but politics can have a way of intruding on your job unbidden
I might paint something rude on a bomb
Do you have a fear of heights?
Not at all
Maybe a little
Very much so
Are you very good at boring, technical jobs?
I can and will do them if called upon
I am, but I think I have better ways of contributing
I'm very good at those
I think I can learn them
When you played team sports, what was your relationship with the team?
I was the captain
I was the quarterback
I was the manager
I was a defensive end
Were you part of your school's student government?
I ran the yearbook
I was the secretary
I took photos for the yearbook
If you were in another industry, which would that be?
Which contemporary airplane is the most useful?
The F-18 Hornet
The F-22 Interceptor
The A-10 Warthog
The F-35 Lightning II
What World War I aircraft was probably the best one?
Fokker D VII
Which World War II aircraft was probably the best one?
Soviet Yakovlev Yak-3
Grumman F6F Hellcat
Other than the air force, which branch of the military has the best mastery of the skies?
The Coast Guard
Would you mind fetching a bucket of jetwash?
I'm not falling for that
Ha! Nice try. I fell for that when I enlisted.
Sure, I have a bucket right here!
What must one do when dining in, and one does not toast with a properly charged glass?
Drink from the grog bowl
I have no idea
Be the designated driver
What is a properly charged glass?
What section of the US military does not allow names to be engraved on challenge coins?
The Coast Guard
Is the F-35 a waste of money?
So far, but it's still being worked on
Give me a fighter for the job I have, not every job there is
It's better than a $50,000 hammer
What is the oldest aircraft in service today?
Technically the Boeing PT-17, in Mexico.
The Antonov An-2, in North Korea
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17, in Tanzania
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, in the USA
What are your feelings on drones?
They keep our people from getting killed, and they are less expensive than other hardware we're running
They're fine, but the operators can still wind up with PTSD
They're pretty exciting, and soon they may replace manned aircraft in war altogether
They're pretty cool, but not as cool as the F-22
Would you have volunteered for Project Daedalus?
Thanks, but I don't have the right stuff
I would have
I would have, but they wouldn't have taken me
There's no way I'd have volunteered. It was suicidal.
In the event of nuclear war, what is more likely to be used than Peacekeeper ICBMs?