Sunday, August 24, 2014

Navy Tuition Assistance Changes

 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Feb. 20, 2014) Sailors working on a college degree should ensure their school's accreditation type supports their educational and professional goals. Navy Tuition Assistance pays for one associate through master's degree and only pays if a degree at a particular level wasn't already earned using personal funds. Education professionals at Navy College Offices and the Virtual Education Center serve as an impartial resource to assist Sailors in making wise choices about their education. (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jayme Pastoric/Released)

Full article below. BLUF:

- Commanding Officers can waive the one-year on station requirement
- Must get a C (undergraduate) or B (graduate) in your class or you owe money
- TA no longer covers non-tuition fees

From http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=82888

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is a month away

U.S. Constitution, as viewed at archives.gov

No joke, September 17 is U.S. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.  In standard DoD fashion there is even distributed training on it, located here:

http://constitutionday.cpms.osd.mil/

Honestly, I'd prefer we make our new Sailors sit through this than anything related to the Sailors Creed, since so many people claim to uphold a document that they haven't even read before.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Biases are lazy


Shopping cart photo, from Wikimedia Commons

I stood watch a few nights ago with a young lady and we chatted about, among other things, shopping.  At some point she brought up that she loves going into grocery stores and checking out the "new items" aisle, which I was curious about since I didn't really remember seeing this aisle before.  Her response to me was "Well, you probably don't do much of the grocery shopping in your family."

Which, honestly, was a bit insulting, although I held my tongue and took it in stride.  

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Is the Millenial problem much ado about nothing?

 Mahan as a Midshipman, image and quote from CIMSEC.org

There's an awful lot of writing about Millenials and the military. A recent Proceedings article seemed to lament that today's Sailor is more likely to question authority and not work inside the current Naval system. Matt Hipple has a humorous and spot on response here:

http://cimsec.org/is-there-a-military-millennial-problem-twelve-responses-to-cdr-darcie-cunningham/12481

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Stealth is not all its cracked up to be

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft attached to the 33rd Fighter Wing flies over northwest Florida before landing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., July 14, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joely Santiago/Released)
I found it rather fortuitous that this article about piercing stealth technology:

http://defensetech.org/2014/07/31/chinese-radar-may-pierce-f-35-stealth-armor-report/

"The stealth coating on the U.S.-made fifth-generation fighters shields the aircraft from high-frequency radars operating in the Ku, X and C bands and some of the S band, but not from low-frequency systems utilizing L, UHF and VHF wavelengths, according to an article by Dave Majumdar at USNI News."


came out closely to my post on shooting down a stealth fighter in Yugoslavia:

http://navygrade36bureaucrat.blogspot.com/2014/07/what-zoltan-dani-can-teach-us.html

From the Wikipedia Article:

"Zolt├ín Dani tuned his P-18 to the lowest possible frequency, hoping that meter band waves would reflect from the inside of targets, rendering stealth aircraft skin technology ineffective. In practice his modified P-18 provided stable plot of F-117 movements from just 25 km, which was useful when combined with the comparatively short missile range of the SA-3 air defence complex. Furthermore, the P-18 meter band radar could be kept almost constantly emitting, since most NATO radar warning receiver devices did not cover such a very low frequency band."