I don't know how to research some of this besides asking people who were in the military. Most of the books or internet reference sites that describe deployment and issues with malcontents are all rather official. I am looking more for the stuff that falls between and the "skinny" on what really happens how it is handled. My brother was in the Air Force but doesn't talk about those years.
Setting: Fictional future, a fractured USA ( while it's easy to say "well it's the future! make it whatever you want", I'd rather base it off of existing or past ways this has been handled to give the fictional account some validity ( preference on non-politically correct ))
Researched terms: naval, personnel, deployment, aviators, squadrons, hazing(not accurate but only term I can use to describe), disciplinary issues, flight deck, working conditions
Research Items: DOD Systems PDF dec2005, catalog.crl.edu, wiki, live-brary ( I've been collecting data for over a year and didn't write down each book or publication )
First preface: Let's say you were out on leave or just coming in from boot camp. You have to show up by a set time and place, natch! BUT...
Question: Is there a main staging area to show up at then the entire unit is sent to their ship, en-masse, that they then board, OR is it that people randomly just start showing up?
Second preface: If someone was a "slacker"; let's say they passed boot camp, but some of their fellow non-coms they were stationed with were of the opinion that the individual was a "slacker" ( whiner, special needs, etc etc etc ); I realize that hazing of military personnel is frowned on, but my future concept isn't so politically correct and follows closer to former military attitudes.
Question: would stationed personnel tend to ride the slacker? ( bust on them, tease, chide, ridicule, etc ( in a "maybe you made a mistake joining" kind of way )) or is that something that is just done by a drill sergeant during boot camp?
Question: How big or small can a squadron be? ( I've seen some references that suggest a squadron is usually 5-6, but some suggest it is about 12-24 and others say it's just groups of 2 (or is that just a "flight"? ))
Question: Are medic helo's also deployed in squadrons or only as a single craft?
Question: Do Aircraft Carrier personnel who would work on the flight deck go below deck during high winds or do they continue to work, using tie-downs and handrails?
Question: What is the max "safe" wind speed to work on the flight deck (before you are blown off)? ( I understand that probably also depends on ship speed too)