At no point was race, sex, or gender identity considered. Only competence mattered. Those who graduated pilot training were assigned to aircraft based on performance in training. The first cut was to classify student pilots by Fighter/Attack/Reconnaissance (FAR) and Tanker/Transport/Bomber (TTB). The most skilled were designated FAR. By the end of training, we were assigned aircraft based again on skill, performance, and attitude. The top students typically were assigned fighter aircraft. Those who served in fighter squadrons again faced more merit-based s???s as the best leaders became flight leads capable of leading a basic 2-ship or 4-ship formation. Our briefs and debriefs were led by the most competent among us and rank was left at the door. When examining our performance from training or combat missions, we only respected results.