And that's fine, that's what this bid is all about. That being said that "military" state of mind of treating you like you are nothing until you are checked out isn't done to be an asshole, its done to stress you out and push you far beyond your comfort zone so that when your plugged in alone and the shit hits the fan you aren't going to crumble under pressure. Its a proven method that has worked for many years, it builds strong minded controllers and it builds a stronger appreciation for the job once you get fully checked out.I agree, he might have not have chosen the best words but his sentiment was accurate. There are a lot of people who are applying for this bid who are professionals who are looking to move to a career that suits their passions and desires better.
I hope that anyone who has a drive and passion to do ATC gets picked up I truly do. But being soft and afraid to get call a dumbass no less than 100,000 times isn't going to help you get checked out.