I with in Aviation Life Support Systems/Equipment for 8 of my 13.5 years in the Army. I worked in it for 1.5 years before I went to the course at Ft. Eustis, VA (Distinguished Graduate, woo-hoo!). For the other branches of service, ALSE is a full-time job, complete with a seperate rating, badge, etc. For the Army, it's a part-time job, which I did full-time for most of my time! I just wanted to solicit opinions on Army ALSE issues. Any thoughts?
I was an ALSE NCO at Rucker. Branch has been saying that for years. I do hope it comes true but, I'm not holding my breath. I've worked with the ALSE equivalent in the other services as well as several foreign military units. The other brances in particular have a considerable amount of equipment to maintain that most Army ALSE techs will never see such as oxygen equipment or the life preservers and rafts.
During my years of flying 60's I came accross several crewmembers from the other services that left me wondering why our Army did not take ALSE as important as the other services. Change would have been proper 20 years ago. :-(