The Space Force, it seems, doesn’t sympathize with the mission that seems to have drawn crowds across the US: get the PS5. One of its members reported having been reprimanded and demoted for being 30 minutes late for physical training because he was trying to get hold of one of the consoles, according to a post on the Air Force’s Facebook page (via Tasks and Goals).
According to the letter, the unnamed pilot texted his boss that he would be 30 minutes late for his fitness improvement program because he had been touring several Target (shops, not military terminology) trying to buy a PS5. The pilot then adds “Yolo, PS5 > letters of discipline,” according to the discipline letter.
Perhaps his senior officers didn’t appreciate the frivolity. Perhaps arriving late was customary to aviators, which seems to be implied by the second part of the letter. Either way, the move saw the pilot downgraded from the E-4 Senior Airman to then E-3 Airman First Class.
In terms of dollars and cents, that is a pay cut from about $2,262 a month to $2,042 a month, according to the Air Force website. Unfortunately for our aviator (now less senior), that means it will be more difficult to buy a scalping PS5, assuming he can’t find it during his Target run. The letters of reprimand leave that detail a mystery.
A spokesman for the flight unit could not confirm or deny that the letters were real, although they said the document format was correct for a letter of reprimand, according to ask and Purpose.