Freehold DM wrote:What do battlefield airmen do? Would you lack base cops entirely? Walk us through what it would really be like as an air force op.
Battlefield Airmen (Pararescuemen, Combat Controllers, TACP's, or Special Operations Weathermen) are the guys conducting patrols, directly engaging the enemy, performing reconnaissance on foot, attached to other branches SOF troops, and they're the only ones with the extensive skill set to do those things. Our cops guard the base, give traffic tickets, and protect the planes. A pilot would never be on the ground leading an "elite team" doing anything.
As far as O'neill, who's rocking pilot wings in the movie, and Cyberwarfare wings in the tv show....yeah no.
Don't forget the Special Tactics Officers who run herd on the rest of the Airforce SOF types. Whatever the insignia issues in SG-1 it makes fairly good sense to have AFSOC run something like the Stargate program - especially back when SG-1 was a current show. Less joint ops in those days, more turf wars :) SG teams were reconnaissance as much as anything. They operated drones and gathered data. They used specialists (archeologists etc.) in their teams. They did drag in the Marines for combat teams. It would be different today I'm sure.