As some of you guys know, I enlisted in the US Air Force a couple months back. And I'm discovering, as my recruiter warned me, that the Air Force is viewed as the Special Ed branch of the military by the other 3 branches, and supporters of those branches. Why is this? I don't get it. Is it solely because the Air Force doesn't see combat, especially ground combat, as much as the others (with the possible exception of the Navy)? Is it because the Air Force is the newest of the 4 main branches? At first I thought it was because the AF stays stateside more than the Army, Marines, and Navy; but the Coast Guard literally doesn't stray far from home either. This is something that puzzles me. It doesn't so much offend me as it just kinda gets under my skin when I have a "Jarhead" call me a pussy just because I didn't join the Marines. Or when someone tells me: "A real man would've joined the Army!", I actually had a 3rd shift manager at the Wal Mart I was working at tell me that, he did offend me, but that was because it was one of my bosses ridiculing me. Anyway, your thoughts would be appreciatted.