What is Operation Christmas Drop?

Introduction Operation Christmas Drop is a tradition that started in 1952 that serves as a training mission for the United States Air Force (USAF). It has since become the longest-running US Department of Defence mission in full operation, and the longest-running humanitarian airlift in the world. Supported by the local communities of Guam, it is… Read More

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What is the Data on Migraine History and Recurrence in Military Pilot Applicants?

Research Paper Title Migraine History and Recurrence in Military Pilot Applicants. Background Migraine is a common condition with features that can adversely impact aviation activities. The diagnosis of migraine is often compatible with civil aviation training, but is much more concerning for military pilot applicants. A history of migraine headache traditionally medically excluded potential military… Read More

Migraine and Military Pilots

Research Paper Title Migraine History and Recurrence in Military Pilot Applicants. Background Migraine is a common condition with features that can adversely impact aviation activities. The diagnosis of migraine is often compatible with civil aviation training, but is much more concerning for military pilot applicants. A history of migraine headache traditionally medically excluded potential military… Read More

Associated Impacts & Help Seeking among Military Mental Health Personnel

Research Paper Title Military Mental Health Personnel Deployment Survey: A Secondary Analysis. Background Military mental health personnel (MMHP) have increasingly engaged in deployment-related roles in closer proximity to combat environments. Although studies examining deployment-related outcomes among military health care personnel have found combat exposure (CE) positively related to psychological problems, no studies of MMHP have… Read More

US Air Force Pilot Height Requirements: Getting a Waiver

As reported in Air Force Times on 02 December 2019, the US Air Force is re-examining its standard height requirements for becoming a pilot as it seeks to encourage more airmen to pursue aviation careers. The Air Force often grants height, or anthropometric, waivers to allow pilots to fly some aircraft – meaning those aspiring… Read More

US Air Force: First Female Airman Enters Combat Controller Training

As reported in the Air Force Times on 18 November 2019, the Air Force confirmed on 14 October 2019 that the first female airman was in the training pipeline to become a combat controller. The enlisted combat control candidate began the eight-week special warfare preparatory course on 14 October 2019 and, if she graduates, she… Read More

US Air Force Introduces Indefinite Enlistments for Enlisted Personnel

Introduction The US Air Force has moved to a new system of “indefinite enlistment” for airmen with at least 12 years of service. Introduced on 18 November 2019, the new system officially called the Non-commissioned Officer (NCO) Career Status Programme will be a game changer for thousands of active-duty enlisted airmen. How Does it Work?… Read More