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 on: Today at 05:04:51 PM 
Started by cadetcadet - Last post by Slim
and isn't negatively affecting their participation in CAP
There's the key, right there.  When these relationships do go south, and start to negatively affect their participation in CAP, it's incumbent upon those of us in command positions to take the necessary steps to ensure that it stops.
Some people are successful at managing their relationships in and out of CAP.  Others are not.  When they are not, and it starts affecting CAP, then its time to have some uncomfortable conversations.

 on: Today at 04:49:50 PM 
Started by SarDragon - Last post by SarDragon
If you have an issue with a locked post, report it. Reporting it gets the "problem" in front of all the moderators, without stirring things up in public.

 on: Today at 02:56:37 PM 
Started by cadetcadet - Last post by THRAWN
The same can be said for any membership organization, team, or the classroom. Want to put a bunch of highly motivated teenagers together and expect that they won't form personal relationships? Not gonna happen. It's worse in schools. At least with CAP, they're only forced together for an hour or so every week. Part of dabbling in relationships, is learning how to manage them when they end. That also, is leadership.

 on: Today at 02:26:23 PM 
Started by cadetcadet - Last post by Eclipse
What people do in their personal lives is none of CAP's business as long as it isn't against the law, isn't against regulations, and isn't negatively affecting their participation in CAP.

So Commanders and leaders should just look the other way regarding a legitimate issue that
regularly affects squadrons and members in a negative way?  Just wait until things are broken
to bring it up?

This is how you "lead"?

One of the primary roles of the CP is to provide good examples and guide adolescent
members to making good choices. This is literally the intent of the CDI program.

Further, 60-2 has language that actively discourages cadet fraternization in a number
of specific and very common cases, and 265-2 has several sessions which include discussions
of cadet dating relationships, including one which reinforces why these relationships are poor choices
and can negatively impact both individuals and the organization as a whole.

More to the point, "suggesting a common-sense best practice" "enforcing your will" or any
of the other leaps made, it's the responsibility of Commanders and other leaders as defined by the curriculum.

If and when people won't listen, at least no one can make the claim that it was never addressed or discouraged.

 on: Today at 02:25:12 PM 
Started by Live2Learn - Last post by Live2Learn
This unclassified accident report: https://www.hqmc.marines.mil/Portals/61/1.%20%20YANKY%2072%20CLASS%20A%20MISHAP%20CI%20REPORT%20(PUBLIC%20RELEASE).pdf?ver=2018-12-06-104943-213

and accident simulation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PjyGJO7Qm0

are instructive.  Aircraft need fuel to break the surly bonds of earth, but they need a lot of trust to continue flying.  In this case trust wasn't enough. 

 on: Today at 12:44:48 PM 
Started by cadetcadet - Last post by CAPDepCom
Why create a problem where there doesn't have to be or isn't one?


"Exactly"... you're missing my point (intentionally?).  What does seem to be happening with your response is you trying to twist my words to suit your point - please don't (it would be appreciated).

What people do in their personal lives is none of CAP's business as long as it isn't against the law, isn't against regulations, and isn't negatively affecting their participation in CAP.  I say again: CAP is a volunteer service.  Joining CAP doesn't mean CAP has control over member's personal lives - we are a volunteer auxiliary of the USAF, we aren't the USAF.  Further, members may have an opinion of how other CAP members conduct their personal lives, but that's neither here nor there.  What people do on their own time away from CAP is beyond CAP's purview and control (with the exceptions I listed above).  It's simply not the business of other CAP members (with the exceptions I listed above).  To try and push a personal moral and ethical standard belief system onto other members is wrong and should never be tolerated.  Indeed, it is a form of discrimination and discrimination is simply not condoned or tolerated in CAP.  In other words... when it comes to the personal lives of CAP members, other members should keep their opinions to themselves and butt out.  Even in this forum.

 on: Today at 12:36:48 PM 
Started by Picy3 - Last post by NIN
I, for one, get it. I didn't even have nametags yet at my first encampment. (I was Cadet Green, for that big blank green spot over my right pocket)  I had gotten a full set of fatigues but that was it. Insignia didn't move quite as fast then,and I had to make due with a branch tape from the squadron supply box.  I had two cutouts and a flight cap device. That was it. No nameplate, yet, either.

Somehow, I survived my first encampment with 3/4 of my insignia.

I get "the stuff is on the way from Vanguard."  But you're right: that only lasts a couple weeks.

 on: Today at 12:30:27 PM 
Started by WillTheCommsGuy - Last post by TheSkyHornet
Have the coordinator/project leader send an email to your unit (or send you an email that you can forward), or a letter stating what you did and for how long.

For example, I had a cadet provide me with an email she forwarded from her volunteer organization that said:
"To Whom it May Concern,
(Name) has participated in many community service hours and projects this year, encompassing many different nonprofit organizations. Please let this email serve as verification that she has completed 73.1 community service hours with the (organization), (organization), and the (organization). She is a great asset to all of these worthy causes.

(Title/Position at Organization)"

I've had a few cadets receive the Community Service Ribbon; the above was the most unusual I saw of any recommendation. It turns out that it was a parent organization that did projects with other organizations.

Keep in mind that the person writing the letter/email doesn't under CAP, and they don't know what it is that they need to provide. Make it so the most basic information can be used to submit the award, and that the coordinator doesn't have some burdensome process of writing a novel on what you did.

At the same time, explain what it is that you did so your Commander understands your community service, and it's something that can be presented during the awards ceremony.

 on: Today at 12:09:01 PM 
Started by WillTheCommsGuy - Last post by Eclipse
In writing via whatever means they choose.

Email should be fine, though since it's the subjective call of the approving Commander,
best to ask him or her first to see if they have a preference.

 on: Today at 12:02:40 PM 
Started by WillTheCommsGuy - Last post by WillTheCommsGuy
Hey guys,
 I read in a CAP regulation (CAPR 39-3 I think) and it said that the volunteer coordinator had to verify my service for me to earn that award. How and where would they verify this? At the squadron, or in an email?

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