I had to qualify on both of my issued weapons the other day. Nothing new there. I figured it was coming up. I will likely have to do it again before I deploy, though. That is not something I am looking forward to. I really do not like to fire. I always dread looking at the scores after all is said and done and hoping that I qualified.
This is not to say that I am a bad shot. When my sights are properly adjusted and I take the time to actually aim and everything, I am a very good shot. Something happens when we actually get down to the qualification part and I do not fire nearly as accurately as I when zeroing the weapon.
This last time was a prime example. I do honestly think my sights are goofed up, though. Oh well. I will deal with that when I fire again in a couple months. I need to find a way to adjust my helmet so it is not nearly blocking my vision while I am trying to shoot. That got quite irritating, which did not help my firing troubles.
Anyway, on to the subject line. One of my troops and another knucklehead from my flight decided not to show up to the firing appointment. Bad thing for both of them. The squadron has had a big problem with people not making their appointments. It came as no surprise when I got a phone call a couple hours into the firing from the flight commander saying I needed to call him back ASAP, get a hold of my troop ASAP, and get to the Law Enforcement Desk ASAP. I was in the middle of firing my rifle when that call came, so I had to call him back and leave a message saying, "Sir, I am also firing today. If you want me to come in, I will do so after I am finished." Luckily, one of the assistant flight chiefs was firing, too. He called the flight commander for me and got a hold of him. The flight commander ended up going in with my troop and dealing with that whole mess. My troop got a Letter of Reprimand. I was not surprised by that. I explained to my troop that he needed to learn from the mistake and move on. I hope he does. I have enough issues without having to worry about him acting up constantly, too.
I hope no more of my troops miss their upcoming appointments.