Hi all! Been about 1000 years. I missed this place. I was recently feeling nostalgic about Wing Commander and decided to read the Heart of the Tiger novelization. It's actually pretty good! Now that I'm a little older, something struck me: How is it that the active duty military pilots spend all of their free time in the bar? When your carrier could be attacked by a wing of vicious space-kitties, wouldn't you want your crack pilots, (your last line of defense between being vaporized or jettisoned into the void) to be...I don't know...not intoxicated? This is probably why the Kilrathi war lasted 20+ years. The humans would have had it in the bag, but their pilots were all half in the bag. I'm 99% sure that every single Wing Commander game supports this theory. "Welcome back from the mission Hunter. Pour yourself a whiskey and we can discuss why your wing man was incinerated...no...it's not your fault. There's nothing you could have done. Not your fault you were hungover. Can't think like that!" Obviously I'm kidding but is there any real-world equivalent to this? I would assume all active duty combat pilots are forbidden from drinking.