Once you get onto
a frontline squadron,
you will theoretically have had a three year run,
Elementary Basic, Advanced Flying Training
Tactical Weapons Training, your Operational Conversion Unit,
you're finally on a squadron.
But you're still not combat ready.
And then you need to get yourself combat ready
and once you're combat ready
you want to be a Pairs Lead and then a Fours Lead.
And then a larger Formation Leader Comair
or depends how they grade it.
But it never stops
and so finally I got onto 54 squadron,
and combat ready training was required,
and there was a lot of pressure on it
because there were operations ongoing at the time,
which was the Bosnian conflict.
So it was operation Deliberate Force and operation
Deliberate Guard, and I flew on both of those operations.
So I got to
Cold Short and there was a lot, not a lot
of pressure, they wanted me to get combat ready as quickly
as was possible, to help relieve the guys that were
on this persistent operation.
So I had a very short combat ready work-up.