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On leave from the Belgian "Special Forces" - 3/11/2010 10:40:00 PM   
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My daughter and her high schools friends met this Belgian chap who claims he was in the Belgian "Special Forces" for 5 yrs but they told to take 6 mos off paid leave and travel in the US so he "wouldnt go crazy" after being in the Belgian Army for so long.

Sounds to me like the crazy part already set in.

Is the story even remotely plausible? Anybody know?


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RE: From No. 23497/2J - 3/11/2010 10:41:04 PM   
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Carried by swallows.


African swallows or New Zealand swallows?

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RE: On leave from the Belgian "Special Forces" - 3/11/2010 10:42:27 PM   
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Right. It's called a "pick up line". "I'm special forces, want to see with my weapon?"

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RE: On leave from the Belgian "Special Forces" - 3/11/2010 10:45:46 PM   
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There's not much of the middle A in this AAR is there? Not much R either come to think of it It's possibly the worst one ever. Maybe it should just be called "The Occasionally Relevant Musings of Two Blokes Playing A Game". or TORMOTBPAG.

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RE: On leave from the Belgian "Special Forces" - 3/11/2010 11:01:38 PM   
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There's not much of the middle A in this AAR is there? Not much R either come to think of it It's possibly the worst one ever. Maybe it should just be called "The Occasionally Relevant Musings of Two Blokes Playing A Game". or TORMOTBPAG.


Merely calculated insouciance so the Japs will let their guard down. And quite a return on investment so far. Just look at all the 250 kg bombs we made them use up off Sydney.



PS ...I think you need an acronym for your acronym.



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RE: On leave from the Belgian "Special Forces" - 3/11/2010 11:02:10 PM   
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We've come to expect no less from any AAR initiated by the Cap'n, Sprior. Only occasional musings, that is.

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Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/11/2010 11:03:08 PM   
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OK...what do I do with air units slated for withdrawal but they "withdraw" option is greyed out?

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RE: Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/11/2010 11:04:46 PM   
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Send them somewhere they can be withdrawn from?

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RE: Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/11/2010 11:05:14 PM   
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Strip out the good pilots. When filled with 11 EXP rookies, you may then 'disband' the unit. Known issue-it has the same effect of withdrawing the unit.

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RE: Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/11/2010 11:06:39 PM   
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quote:

OK...what do I do with air units slated for withdrawal but they "withdraw" option is greyed out?

You can only disband the buggers. Transferring them wont help.

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RE: Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/11/2010 11:10:13 PM   
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Thanks guys. Now we know.

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RE: Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/12/2010 7:45:48 AM   
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Thanks guys. Now we know.


And knowing is half the battle.

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RE: Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/12/2010 10:10:30 AM   
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But the other half is CVs, BBs, tanks, planes, pilots, troops, artillery, supplies, bases, etc etc. So we got 1/2 a battle then. Shame Johny Jap has the whole battle.

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RE: On leave from the Belgian "Special Forces" - 3/12/2010 12:05:36 PM   
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Just look at all the 250 kg bombs we made them use up off Sydney.


I think they used them ON Sydney.

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RE: Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/12/2010 12:18:26 PM   
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But the other half is CVs, BBs, tanks, planes, pilots, troops, artillery, supplies, bases, etc etc. So we got 1/2 a battle then. Shame Johny Jap has the whole battle.


But they don't have pluck and determination Or a British stiff upper lip.

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RE: Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/12/2010 8:03:37 PM   
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Strip out the good pilots. When filled with 11 EXP rookies, you may then 'disband' the unit. Known issue-it has the same effect of withdrawing the unit.



I likely the idea of stripping pilots...administratively, I mean. How do I get the experienced ones back into the pool? Do I put them in squadron reserve then ask for them from another squadron?

We need to get more compulsive about this. We are down to zero points for the remainder of January.


Also, does it do any good to change an unusable P-38 squadron to P-39's? Will I at least get access to part of the P-38's that are "freed up"?

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RE: Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/12/2010 8:09:03 PM   
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I likely the idea of stripping pilots...administratively, I mean. How do I get the experience ones back into the pool? Do I put them in squadron reserve then ask for them from another squadron?


Request veterans (little doohickey to the right of the request pilot thingie) and pick your vet. Leave 81+ vets in the pool to help train the dummies. In fact, you should send your 81+ pilots from active duty to TRACCOM. You have several squads in the west coast that have early withdrawal dates (june 42 etc) and some worthless wapitis in India. Put as many green pilots as you can in these and start training. When the withdrawal date gets close either disband to the pool (if the squad is not returning) or withdraw and the squad will come back trained. Slicker than snake snot!

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RE: Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/12/2010 8:18:10 PM   
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I likely the idea of stripping pilots...



Whoa....Whoa......WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!

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RE: Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/12/2010 8:27:41 PM   
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When you consider a pilot fully trained, send him to General Reserve. When you are looking at another squadron later on and you want a good pilot, make sure you have the source set to "Reserve" (not "Any", nor "Pool" or whatever it says), then click Get Pilot. There are other ways to ask for good pilots, but if you have been training pilots and putting them into General Reserve this is the easiest way.

Notes:

Left-click on an Active pilot to assign him to Group Reserve.

Left-click on a pilot in Group Reserve to assign him to General Reserve.

Right-click on a pilot in Group Reserve to make him Active in the group.

Warning: Right-click on an Active pilot to Rotate him home for 180 days. Don't do it!

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RE: Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/12/2010 8:31:09 PM   
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quote:

I likely the idea of stripping pilots...administratively, I mean. How do I get the experience ones back into the pool? Do I put them in squadron reserve then ask for them from another squadron?


Request veterans (little doohickey to the right of the request pilot thingie) and pick your vet. Leave 81+ vets in the pool to help train the dummies. In fact, you should send your 81+ pilots from active duty to TRACCOM. You have several squads in the west coast that have early withdrawal dates (june 42 etc) and some worthless wapitis in India. Put as many green pilots as you can in these and start training. When the withdrawal date gets close either disband to the pool (if the squad is not returning) or withdraw and the squad will come back trained. Slicker than snake snot!


Right..I can see how you can purposely select "retards" for a doomed squadron, but how do you send back the good ones?

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RE: Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/12/2010 10:15:16 PM   
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*******P-38 Maint. hanger, March Field, USAAF, Riverside, California, January 19, 1942*******


Lockheed Instructor: ....your P-38 turbocharger intercooler is housed in the leading wing edge.....here <points to large diagram>. The turbocharger boosts engine performance even at high altitudes, which is a feature lacking in many other contemporary aircraft...

Trainee Pilot: Oh...oh...oh...oh!

Lockheed Instructor: Yes, what is it Lt. Little?

Trainee Pilot: Ummm...yeah. It's that Small guy, Lt. Small over here. He is picking his nose and eating it.

Lockheed Instructor: Madre de dios!




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RE: Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/13/2010 1:05:24 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Cap Mandrake


quote:

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I likely the idea of stripping pilots...administratively, I mean. How do I get the experience ones back into the pool? Do I put them in squadron reserve then ask for them from another squadron?


Request veterans (little doohickey to the right of the request pilot thingie) and pick your vet. Leave 81+ vets in the pool to help train the dummies. In fact, you should send your 81+ pilots from active duty to TRACCOM. You have several squads in the west coast that have early withdrawal dates (june 42 etc) and some worthless wapitis in India. Put as many green pilots as you can in these and start training. When the withdrawal date gets close either disband to the pool (if the squad is not returning) or withdraw and the squad will come back trained. Slicker than snake snot!


Right..I can see how you can purposely select "retards" for a doomed squadron, but how do you send back the good ones?


When you're ready to refill with lesser "retards" (i.e., more qualified pilots), there's a few ways you can do it.

The easiest way:

1. Find the squadron page that you wish to populate with decent pilots.
2. Toggle their pilot pool draw to 'reserve'. Select 'manual' from the top of the page too.
3. Click 'get pilot'. The computer will automatically select a pilot from your [blank] reserve that best suits your needs. It will generally do a decent job of selecting fighter pilots of good air combat skill to fill your ranks, for example. Of course, this assumes that you've properly populated your reserve pools.
(see numbers 4 and beyond below)

The harder way (but, with more personalized control):

1. See #1 above.
2. Toggle the pilot pool draw to 'any'. Select 'manual' from the top of the page too.
3. Click 'select veteran'. You will be brought to a page with a large roster of pilots with different sortable skills (e.g., air, naval torpedo, ground bombing, etc.). Select an individual pilot that exists (note: some of these pilots have not yet arrived. Don't ask-it's a long story. For best results, don't pick those yet unborn) that suits your particular fancy and skill set.
4. Return to your pilot page and check out your haul. 8/15 (don't ask) chance that your pilot won't be there just yet-check back in a week. Otherwise, they'll have a listed delay between 1-7 (days), as they are in transit for the duration.
5. [a week goes by] Check the squadron page again. Pilots that have arrived but have not yet been activated can be discerned by the number of pilots on the squadron page. For example, 15(1) means 15 active pilots, one inactive pilot. Go to the pilot page and right click on the pilot (grayed out) with the delay of one. This will return him to active duty. Your pilot number should now be 16(0).
6. Lather, rinse and repeat.

Hope this helps.

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RE: Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/13/2010 1:24:38 AM   
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And if you think that's crazy, just remember what crazy really is. Crazy is walking down the street with half a cantalope on your head, saying "I'm a hamster. I'm a hamster." That's crazy.

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RE: Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/13/2010 3:27:29 AM   
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That is crazy. A half a cantaloupe wouldn't stay on my head if I was walking down the street. I'd need a whole one with a fenestration cut out for my head. 'Round here, we say 'potato' as we walk down the street with our underwear on our head. I guess you Argletonians favor hamsters-to each their own, neh?

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RE: Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/13/2010 3:36:31 AM   
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That is crazy. A half a cantaloupe wouldn't stay on my head if I was walking down the street. I'd need a whole one with a fenestration cut out for my head. 'Round here, we say 'potato' as we walk down the street with our underwear on our head. I guess you Argletonians favor hamsters-to each their own, neh?



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/6474746/Mystery-of-Argleton-the-Google-town-that-only-exists-online.html


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RE: Penalty for early (or late) withdrawal - 3/13/2010 5:28:34 AM   
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Insanity reigns here. Just sayin.



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RE: On leave from the Belgian "Special Forces" - 3/13/2010 7:31:16 AM   
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Hey Cap,

I'm not SF.

However, I was in the military for a long time and met and worked with several US and one or two non-US SF guys.

I've never met one SF guy that actually said he was an SF guy in conversation. You knew from the patches on the uniform, haircut (or lack thereof) out of uniform, and the general sense that you would probably lose in any altercation.

I don't know your Belgian guy, but it sounds like a line.

Best Regards,
T Rav

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RE: On leave from the Belgian "Special Forces" - 3/13/2010 2:07:10 PM   
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Hey Cap,

I'm not SF.

However, I was in the military for a long time and met and worked with several US and one or two non-US SF guys.

I've never met one SF guy that actually said he was an SF guy in conversation. You knew from the patches on the uniform, haircut (or lack thereof) out of uniform, and the general sense that you would probably lose in any altercation.

I don't know your Belgian guy, but it sounds like a line.

Best Regards,
T Rav


So if SF guys never mention they're SF guys and that none SF guys frequently claim to be one, does the fact that you say you're not a SF guy mean you're actually not not a SF guy?

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RE: On leave from the Belgian "Special Forces" - 3/13/2010 2:56:32 PM   
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Too many double-negatives for me to keep up with. Nope, I'm just a regular guy.

Ciao,
T Rav

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RE: On leave from the Belgian "Special Forces" - 3/13/2010 2:57:32 PM   
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Don't ever trust a Belgian, not even if he's telling you not to trust Belgians !

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