inspired by the thread about security companies in iraq... i'm sure most of you have seen the increase in privitization around base. when i went through flight school, all of our maintenance was provided by private companies, and much of our academic instruction was provided by them as well. when i flew T-1s and T-39s (training as a navigator), the pilots were provided by civilian companies - they flew USAF and USN jets, and all were ex-mil, but they were all civilians. at Dyess AFB, where i'm now stationed, the gate security is provided by a company called USProtect, and my academic and simulator instruction for the B-1 training, is provided by Rockwell Collins, Inc. look around base and you see almost more civilian workers than you do uniformed personnel. personally i don't think there's a problem with it. the military saves money by contracting out these services, and that's money they can use for our equipment and other important things. however, i can see a day where, at least in the air force, the only uniformed jobs will be combat aviation, combat comm, security forces (when deployed), special ops, and maybe some combat intel folks. i was just wondering what everyone else thinks of the "privitization" of the US military.