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Perhaps I was wrong in a previous post regarding military recruiting difficulties, accordi-ing to this there may be problems after all:
There's a great job out there awaiting an accordion player. The catch: six weeks in boot camp.
The Air Force is looking to replace the accordion player of its band's Strolling Strings music ensemble; the last one retired two years ago. So far, the search has been fruitless.
So, since the accordion players aren't coming to the Air Force, the Air Force is going to the accordion players. Sgt. Bockenek is recruiting at the 66th annual American Accordionists Association festival this week in and around Boston.
She is looking for more than an accomplished musician.
"They have to be under age 35, they have to fit our weight and fitness requirements, and they have to be able to get a security clearance," she said. "We are looking for someone who's not just qualified to do the job but who fits the parameters of the United States Air Force."
Security clearance? Yes - they'll be playing the secret songs.
An' a one, an' a two...
I'm glad I didn't have anything to snort all over the laptop over the 'secret songs' remark. Thanks for a good laugh to start my morning.
Obviously the security clearence isn't because of the songs but for what the strolling musicians might see or hear while the stroll amongst the big brass and politicos. Also it probably is needed because a bunch of people expected to have a lot of 'stuff' in close proximity to the brass and politicos. Kind of like the way the Secret Service vets the local cops along the parade route of the President.
I wonder if they know that my dad (a retired AF LtCol) plays? If they did, would they take him off of retirement?