Final Evaluation, Lt. Todd Marshall

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CSF FLIGHT SCHOOL
Final Evaluation, Lt. Todd Marshall


To: Captain Sansky, CS Tiger Claw
From: Major E. Gonsalas, C.O. 145th Training Wing, CSF Flight School, Sirius

SIR,
It is privilege to report that Lt. Todd Marshall has graduated Fighter Pilot training with Distinction, as a member of the Q1 class of 2654, and has been assigned to your vessel's Fighter Squadron. As Lt. Marshall's flight instructor, I have prepared the following summation of his capabilities.



ACADEMY RECORD
GPA 4.02 Rank in Class 125 (of 1403)
Flight School Academic Record
GPA 4.50 Rank in Class 9 (of 314)
Flight School Flight Record
Flight 91.1 Rank in Class 2 (of 314)
Marksmanship 95.1 Rank in Class 1 (of 314)
Safety 64


(3 accidents, 1 ships lost, inquiry found no fault)

Rank in Class 311 (of 314)
Navigation 88 Rank in Class 22 (of 314)

STRENGTHS

  • Extremely gifted, fearless pilot.
  • Tremendous talent for finding unconventional solutions.

WEAKNESSES

  • Takes unnecessary risks. Tends to trivialize personal danger.
  • Doesn't always know when to shut up.

SUMMATION

Lt. Marshall is a pilot of infinite promise. His Flight and Marksmanship scores, as well as his classroom grades, are exemplary. In flight, Marshall is aggressive, creative and committed. Although cleared of any charges in the three accidents he was involved in during training, Marshall undeniably tends towards a high-risk, seat-of-his-pants flying style. Although his offensive instincts are highly developed, he sometimes forgets that his wingmen may not be as on top of the situation as he is (hopefully this will be less of a factor with more experienced pilots). This is a significant drawback to Marshall's otherwise excellent teamwork skills. His single biggest drawback as a pilot is a tendency to see combat as a game or challenge, rather than a life-or-death struggle.

Among others, Marshall is outgoing and generally likable, but may create tension with a flash of temper or inappropriate "wit." He shows tremendous longterm leadership potential, but needs a more mature outlook before being given actual command authority. He accepts suggestions well, but can become defensive if directly criticized. Marshall needs a highly disciplined, structured environment. He needs to fly with experienced, skilled pilots that he can look up to.

ADDENDUM

Since Lts. Blair and Marshall are both being assigned to your ship (as per my recommendation) I am attaching this addendum to both pilots' evaluations.

In training, Blair and Marshall were both close friends and personal rivals. They respect and trust one another, and there is little doubt that each brings out the best in the other. In flight, they make a remarkable team, but they do display a regrettable tendency to assume that as a team they are unbeatable, which will need to be beaten out of them if they are to reach their full potential as a flight team.

Both Blair and Marshall are already blooded in combat. During a routine training flight they surprised and destroyed a Kilrathi blockade-runner. During this action against a superior force, both pilots displayed skill, courage and discipline normally found only in more experienced warriors. It is because of this remarkable achievement that I recommended Blair and Marshall be assigned together for their first combat tour.