It was a little bit daunting
having finished my previous tour,
take away the training as an SAC
or a senior air craftsman
to then come back as a flying officer
because I had a flight sergeant and a corporal
and a couple of civilians under my management
and it felt a bit daunting
because one minute I was on the other side
and the flight sergeant was way above me
and suddenly I was supposed to be managing
this flight sergeant,
so you almost sometimes come in
and question yourself
'cause those are people who carry a lot of experience.
Senior NCOs bring a lot to the table
and for you to have credibility as a junior officer,
you need to be able to hold your own
and I think flying officer is the worst rank
because nobody takes you seriously.
Everyone thinks they've just come out of training,
they don't really know what they're doing
but actually for you as a person,
you're fighting so hard for people
to take you seriously.
I didn't really have that issue
'cause I had a really good relationship with the guys
I work with but yeah, it was quite daunting actually
my first commission tour.