I do agree. People quit during the pre-course instead of failing the actual course. With a ton of realistic practice jumps, you are better prepared for the eval jumps, as well as real world AFF to follow. If I went in cold, I would not have passed. AFF flying is WAY different than all other flying I've done. There may be SOME evaluators who make it easy, but not all. There are some AFF-I's out there who were certified when it was "hard" that I'd rather not do work jumps with!
Do not attempt to cheapen the rating that some of us actually worked very hard for. Here was my response to a similar comment a while back.
Yeah, these kids have it so easy these days with their 8-tracks, their
Zima and their polyester pant-suits...
Back in the day, you didn't "earn" an AFF rating. You had to wrestle
the mystical stone tablet with "AFF" etched on it from the mouth of a
dragon... by torchlight...
I know back then you had to ride on the back of a pterodactyl to get
to altitude. And, only jumped in loincloths. And, your canopies were
made of animal hides and sinew.
So when does "these days" begin? Immediately after you got YOUR rating?