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 on: Yesterday at 08:53:23 PM 
Started by etodd - Last post by Flying Pig
Was this a funded mission or were crews footing their own bills for the flying?

 on: Yesterday at 08:49:02 PM 
Started by etodd - Last post by etodd
Excellent exercise and practice for all.  How do you coordinate an exercise like this?

I'm not involved in the exercise, but my understanding is that the NCNG and CAP leveraged an existing relationship at the state level to make this happen. I see regular requests and schedules to support this mission, so it seems that the NCNG likes what CAP is doing.

The top post and photo were of the ALWG helping the Army at an undisclosed Alabama location. We'll be back there next month at some undisclosed time for another full week of approaches and patterns. Yes, looks like it'll be a regular deal. Great practice for them and keeps our CAP planes and crews in the air and current. :)

(Everyone in the area, locals, seem to know whats going on, so I don't think its a secret at all. But I left the location as 'undisclosed' for those here that like to go all OPSEC on me. LOL)

 on: Yesterday at 06:40:37 PM 
Started by FNelson - Last post by coudano
My source, by the way is "a lot" of people that I personally know who failed out of the pilot pipeline along the way and wound up in consolation prize career fields.

 on: Yesterday at 06:09:01 PM 
Started by FNelson - Last post by A.Member
While having a PPL will give you more points on your pilot application, it is only a small part of the overall package. I only had 11 logged hours when I applied, and that was more then most. Additionally, having a PPL / a lot of hours doesn't translate at all to better performance in UPT so I wouldn't worry about that aspect. If you can't afford it, don't worry about. Just do well in school, be a good dude, kill the PT test and you will be fine once you reach that point.

Earning your PPL is not and should not be your top priority.  While it is fun, it's no guarantee in providing a "leg up".  Build a plan and focus first on crushing the near term objectives of that plan (like things related to those bolded above).  When the time comes, the Air Force will teach you everything you need.

Source:  Virtually everyone I know that has screened packages or completed the pipeline.

 on: Yesterday at 05:56:11 PM 
Started by ARGNC145 - Last post by TheSkyHornet
The short-sleeve shirt is the mandatory uniform for cadets. They need to own this item.

The long-sleeve shirt is authorized for everyone, but a tie must be worn with this shirt. The long-sleeve shirt (and mandatory tie if worn) is an optional item to purchase. The service coat is not required to wear the long-sleeve shirt.

The service coat is an optional item to purchase. If worn, a tie must be worn with either the long-sleeve or short-sleeve shirt, whichever is worn with the coat.

You will find some units only state the service coat is to be worn by cadets on staff, or just seniors, or a particular grade/rank of the unit's choosing. This is a unit standard operating procedure, not a CAP regulation. Units do have the authority to enforce this.

Units cannot mandate that you wear a particular uniform item, except for the Blues uniform, with the exception of those that the unit provides. This is a CAP regulation. If a unit provides cadets with a service coat and tie, then it can require cadets to wear the service coat and tie. If they tell a cadet that he/she has to purchase that uniform item and must wear it, then the cadet (and parent) should take that up with higher headquarters and get that situation addressed.

The only exception to this is that some CAP activities may require a specific uniform (e.g., Encampment, NCSA), or certain unit "teams" (e.g., Honor Guard).

 on: Yesterday at 05:45:06 PM 
Started by etodd - Last post by NC Hokie
Excellent exercise and practice for all.  How do you coordinate an exercise like this?

I'm not involved in the exercise, but my understanding is that the NCNG and CAP leveraged an existing relationship at the state level to make this happen. I see regular requests and schedules to support this mission, so it seems that the NCNG likes what CAP is doing.

 on: Yesterday at 05:45:03 PM 
Started by DemonOps - Last post by Chappie
Everyone is just different. When my time comes, or if CAP is 'no longer fun' I'll simply just not go to any more meetings.  No goodbyes. No formalities. I don't expect a goodbye party or anything to frame for the wall.  Its not like leaving a paying job, where you have to make sure to get your pension in order, etc.

I can understand the 'personal satisfaction' aspect of wanting to go out as a Major. But its not like you're going to get a bigger pension because of it. ;)

Exactly my sentiments about leaving.  I already have obtained enough plaques and certificates to wallpaper 4 houses, nothing more is needed.   I have accomplished a great deal in CAP and have both the public recognition and personal satisfaction of a job well done.  When the time comes to call it a day. I have no regrets regarding my service in CAP.  It will be time to move on to a new adventure.

 on: Yesterday at 05:01:24 PM 
Started by whatevah - Last post by best_name_ever
ooooooooh  >:D

 on: Yesterday at 05:00:27 PM 
Started by ARGNC145 - Last post by MSG Mac
The long sleeve shirt is for everybody and has to be worn with a tie.

 on: Yesterday at 04:53:47 PM 
Started by Rob Sherlin - Last post by best_name_ever
This story is from last summer, my basic encampment.

Leading up to encampment, I was so psyched. I packed three weeks in advance and the day before, ate virtually nothing in anticipation. Looking back, that was a pretty stupid move.
 Anyway, on the way down to ft. Pickett, paranoid about being dehydrated, I chugged water the whole ride down. After in processing and contraband, everyone was issued a 16 oz canteen, and we were told to drink it every hour. Of course, this amount of water would be perfect during the week in the heat of July, but, since it was the first day, we weren't doing much exercise. Me being an overachiever, I decided  could do better and at dinner, full from so much water, I could barely eat. Not surprisingly, I started to feel sick, and thinking I was dehydrated, drank more. After pt I could barely walk and during the blister check almost passed out. I finally told a senior member that I was feeling awful, and hobbled over to medbay.  They gave me some tums, but I kept throwing up. After a while, they thought I would be ok, and sent me back to the barracks. Once I got back, I switched beds (I was on the top bunk) and still barfing, tried to go to sleep. In any case, the last thing I remember is me yelling out "Medic, please," and passing out dead on the floor. Dramatic, I know. :P After that, I don't remember anything, but apparently I had seizures. An ambulance came and I was whisked to the near by ER. They couldn't help me, so I was put back in the ambulance and driven to another hospital in Richmond, where I stayed. I was unconscious for three days, and after the doctors said I had drunk two gallons of water, and had gotten something called hyponatremia, or low sodium. First of all, I don't know how it is humanly possible to down two gallons of water in the first half day of encampment, but, hey, I did. :o Anyway, that experience has taught me a couple of things.  Eat before encampment, no matter how excited you are. ;) Drink water in moderation and don't be afraid to tell people if you are sick. I didn't get to finish encampment, but I can go back next year.

Hopefully you all were perfectly fine for your basic year.  8) 8) 8)

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