The Misadventures of Me and My Family Tree
was gung ho on promotions. He said that our new skipper wanted all E s promoted to E3 and all E s promoted to E4. He then asked me if I would accept the position as his Education Petty Officer and help him achieve the Commanding Officers goal. I accepted.
As Education Petty Officer, the first thing I looked into was the E2 to E3 promotion situation. The failure rate for the E3 exam was 100%. I asked the Education Clerk about this and found out that he was the author of this nightmare of a test. He also told me that he took great pride in the fact that no one could pass his test. I suggested, to him, that his test was too difficult, and that we put his test to the test. I asked the Education Officer to have two Officer Pilots take the E3 exam. My reasoning was if two Officers took and failed the Airman test, then the test was unfair and should be rewritten. To my delight, both officers failed the test miserably, and I was given permission to rewrite the test. My test had about an 80% pass rate for those who studied the Airman Manuel. A month later the other 20% managed to pass a retake exam with the help of a little tutoring.
Turning E s into E s was a bit more challenging. I was up to snuff on the Aviation Structural Mechanic (AM) Rating but sadly lacking in knowledge when it came to the other
Class Aviation Machinist Mate (AD2) to
it all alone, the Education Officer found me a Second help those wanting to be Aviation Machinist Mates. He
then sent the two of us us for the task ahead.
AIRMAN SLIKER STAYS AN AIRMAN
We organized a school designed to develop Airman Apprentices into Airmen and turn Airmen into Third Class Petty Officers. We had each trainee for one full month. From my viewpoint, the program was a huge success. Our Captain had succeeded in promoting almost every E3 and E4 in the squadron. There was failure, however. One of my trainees, Airman Sliker, was sent to me for a month of intensive training. Each Division throughout the squadron was directed to send the best and most deserving men for this program. In reality, Airman Sliker was a goofoff and was t really deserving of the program. Despite not being deserving, Airman Sliker was flattered at being called the best and took the title to heart. Airman Sliker listened intently during the lectures and studied during the breaks. He was aware that I spent a lot of time
at home studying for the First Class test and our off duty hours. Counting school time, When promotion test time came, Sliker
asked if he could study at my house with me during our studying turned into 18 hour a day marathons.
Department head saw Sliker s name on the promotion list, he exploded.
ho in the hell
he demanded to know.
ou did, Sir, you recommended him when you
certified that he was your best Airman, was the reply. Department head demanded.
ell, un recommend him, the
When Sliker was told that he was t going to be promoted, even though he was on the promotion list, he went ballistic. He went to town and got good and drunk. Then he returned to the barracks and busted up most of the toilet fixtures in the head. The Barracks Master at Arms finally quelled the oneman riot.
Formal charges were brought against Sliker and he was brought before the Captain at
s Mast so that the Captain, acting as judge and jury, could determine Slic
s fate. One
by one Sliker s Leading Chief, his Division officer and his Department head had nothing but bad