Successful completion of carrier qualifications, or CQ, marks a critically important milestone in the career of a student naval aviator. Landing safely and expeditiously aboard the ship is what distinguishes the Navy pilot from his more pedestrian, prosaic, even rustic, counterparts in the Air Force.
My first CQ was aboard the USS LEXINGTON (AVT-16) [...]
Licenses are required to operate an automobile, or boat. Minimum competency standards must be demonstrated. The state has a compelling interest, the public good, and so forth.
But while the Hobbit and I were required to get a license from the state to marry, quite a few years ago, nothing further was required of [...]