Posted on Nov 26, 2013
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Yes, I'm avoiding the big issues on purpose, as the potential for unintended consequences, things backfiring, or other consequences tend to start unattainable solutions.  So, here's three definitive, small, concrete things I would do that could have a positive impact:

1.  Get rid of uniform boards.  Replace them with a virtual meeting of 4 people; two captains, one male, one female, one rated the other non, and two TSgts (E-6 for the uninitiated), one male, one female, one MX or other professional where people get dirty, one non.  They would only meet virtually, no TDYs, no studies, no focus groups, no blue ribbon panels, no senior mentors, no chiefs, no senior officers.  Just people who day-to-day have to live long term with their decisions for a long friggin' time.  I only step into break ties.  That's it.  Rationale:  go look up "Billy Mitchell heritage coat" sometime.  That should explain it.

2. PT test = run, pushups, and situps.  That's it.  Abdominal circumference = separate test/flag as a health indicator, not necessarily a fitness indicator. Pass PT but not ab circumference, we work with you.  Pass ab circumference, but not PT, you got problems.

3. Ban meaningless neologisms and buzzwords like "operationalize," "optics," "atmospherics," "robust," "recapitalize," "resource-neutral," - you get the idea.  No wonder the public (and the airmen) don't trust us.  We destroy meaning and cloud clear thought with fake words.
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1. I like the BMH Coat!  I think the high collars are great.  We definitely need more hands involved in making pretty uniforms.


2. PT should be optional for everyone.  Leading PT should be on a rotational schedule like CQ or Staff Duty.  Whoever wants to come, can come.  Everyone else can sleep in.  We have monthly PT tests - push ups, sit ups, etc.  One failure you're flagged.  Two consecutive failures - discharge from service within 30 days.  No height/weight BS - if you pass the test, you can do the job - good enough for me.


3. If outlaw buzzwords, only outlaws will have buzzwords - and know how to make cool PPT slides.


And for my addition - I'd forbid the military from buying paper.  Its time for a paperless service!

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