I have been using American Flyers FIRC since 2012, and just began my latest refresher this morning. I appreciate that the FIRC content changes constantly, but this time around rather than just multiple choice questions based on the material there is a large amount of free-text answer questions. That's an interesting method...I'm not sure how/why AF has gone that way, or how they're planning on evaluating the free-text answers, or what they're going to do with the information contained in those answers. So far I'm just in the TSA security module at the very beginning of the program. The strange part is that these questions aren't designed to assess your understanding of the material. Instead they are asking FIRC applicants to make assessments of their own airports and FBOs and comment on what is good, what is bad, and what suggestions we might have on improving those procedures. "What recommendations do you have to improve security of aircraft at your airport?" "Does your airport have security gates/doors? If so, do you have any recommendation on how they can be improved?" "Describe a security procedure that has been implemented at your airport." "Give an example of a security measure or security procedure that has been implemented at your flight school, FBO/business, or airport." What, exactly, is the educational benefit of answering these questions? I understand the value of self-assessment and heightening awareness of facility and program security, but these questions seem either like "struggle sessions" (at best) or, if I'm being really cynical, intel gathering on the average state of security awareness in the GA world. It doesn't seem to be anything that benefits me as an FIRC applicant...rather a method of surveying weaknesses and gathering data for TSA. The questions remind me of this old SNL skit.