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This reads as a flippant stab at a drone pilot's experience being less worthy because they don't put their lives on the line the same as other military occupations. That's straight up bullshit. So let's assume it's meant a different way, and actually take it as a valid question.
Let's face it. PTSD is bullshit. If you can get PTSD from seeing people killed, maimed, bloodied, etc., then everyone that's seen any war movie or horror flick should have PTSD.
Or maybe there is something different about your life being centered around those events that a story just can't reproduce. Maybe seeing a video of something isn't the same thing as being responsible for decisions around those events.
That's reallly what you need to get to. While I dealt with Army for CRSC, not the AF, to me is appears to be less about proving the PTSD events occurred. As long as the story makes sense, they seem to take it at face value for PTSD. The point you want to make sure you push forward is that without the combat mission, you would not have had an experience that led to PTSD. You would have seen videos of people being killed without being there, just saying you saw dead bodies isn't gonna be enough for CRSC, IMO. Something about the stress of decisions I imagine is what is the sticking point.
Scout--good advice. I believe you are right on mostly. Watching videos is nothing; being involved in the decision making process/kill chain/guidance makes it....different. However, my attorney said that the AF is simply not awarding state-side RPA operators combat related PTSD...right or wrong. Now, I was stateside AND deployed (with a couple near miss rocket attacks), so my situation is different than probably 90% of the other RPA operators with PTSD. I think I have combat connection pretty strong in the 3 page personal letter that I had planned to read before the board this morning....which never took place. I think the strongest option for me now is to do whatever I can to ensure the IPEB at the TDRL eval sees all my supporting information and changes to a combat related finding. If not, I'll have to appeal it all over again, and go back to the FPEB again where everything is on the table. Does that check or am I missing something? From what I know, applying for CRSC without a combat related finding is at best a waste of time and at worst, ineligible altogether.