The article below was recommended to be featured by an advisor for the
website. I appreciate this being brought to my attention as I missed it
when it came out a couple days ago. As you read this don't forget this was
wrote by a commander. If you think he is off his rocker, find your first
sergeant and ask him/her. There is A LOT of truth in this...
4/25/2008 - MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. (AFPN) -- A few years ago, I read
an article written for an Air Force base paper in England. It was written by
captain in the Area Defense Counsel office. In it, he discussed, from his
experiences, the top ten things an Airman could do to stay out of trouble.
I've had the opportunity to command five different units and have found that
advice to be spot on. I took that top-10 list and modified it a bit to fit my
experience and perspective as a commander.
10. Quit getting sloppy drunk. The vast majority of Airmen (of all ranks)
who come see me in their service dress were for alcohol-related incidents. In
fact, most of the other items on this list are either caused by or exacerbated
by alcohol abuse. I define "sloppy drunk" using the 0-0-1-3 criterion. Drinking
underage? Had an alcohol-related incident? You're sloppy drunk.
9. Don't EVER do drugs. There is no room in our Air Force for drug
abusers. Don't do illegal drugs -- ever.
8. Don't lie, even a little. I correct mistakes and punish crimes. Don't
turn a mistake into a crime by lying to cover it up. If you are read your
rights, you have two choices; tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but
the truth, or say nothing at all until you consult a lawyer. Doing anything else
will make the situation much worse.
7. Live within your means. The formula is easy even if math is not your
strongest subject. Write down how much you make each month. Below that, write
down how much you spend each month. Subtract the bottom number from the top
number. If the answer is less than zero, you are not living within your means.
6. Be likeable and valuable. If you are a team player, strive to get
along in the workplace and do what is expected of you, your supervisors will
notice and appreciate you. They will provide you opportunities to excel.
5. Don't fight. If you really want to duke it out with somebody, try
organized boxing. It's a lot harder than it looks.
4. Be squared away. When does a good Airman need a haircut? Never! A good
Airman gets a haircut before he or she needs one. Be punctual for ALL
appointments. If you are early, you're on time. If you are on time, you're late.
3. Treat everyone with respect. All of our Airmen have earned and deserve
our respect. If we treat each other with respect at all times, most of these
other problems go away.
2. Don't hang out with idiots. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck
and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck. You're known by the company you
keep. If your friends are doing the things listed above, people will assume you
1. Always ask for a lawyer. It's not only your right, it's a really good
idea. If you are in my office in your service dress, you can bet I've already
talked to a lawyer. Contact the ADC before answering questions and anytime you
are given paperwork. Even if lawyer there can't help get you out of the
predicament you're in, he or she will help you present your best case and
minimize the damage.