It’s her selection, her service to her country, her duty, what she’s been striving for, to be an officer.
To what Air Force career path does this refer? Pilot training? Intelligence? Combat systems? Missile operations? Or prep school assistant women’s basketball coach?
I suppose it’s possible that this is not a permanent gig, and is instead one of those stash jobs before heading on to train for something else. I doubt it, though. Why would anyone make a big to-do about a stash job with no mention of, you know, actual Air Force stuff?
Along those lines, the mythical Air Force football service selection list actually made a public appearance today. I’m not sure if this is a sign of the apocalypse or if I’m about to turn into a pillar of salt for looking at it or what. Anyway, the list includes exactly what we thought it would include: three players listed as “prep school coach, instructor” and one “AFA JV coach” with no follow-on career assignment in the operational Air Force. Now, it’s not like Navy players aren’t stashed at NAPS for a semester before they head off to the real world, but they do head off to the real world. Those operational service assignments are what gets publicized, because that’s what makes a service academy a service academy. To read how a coach “gets what it means to be at a service academy” because she was excited to announce that one of her players gets to be a basketball coach is almost surreal.
So here’s hoping that this isn’t really what’s happening here, and that there’s an actual Air Force future in store for these cadets. But I’m not holding my breath.