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 on: Today at 11:22:29 PM 
Started by CAPSOC_0pur8ur - Last post by MSG Mac
A request for bids is put out whenever the contract comes out, But remember that VG is the largest supplier of insignia for all the armed services, ROTC, and the auxiliaries. I would assume that any bid would have to include one time startup costs for the winning bidder, including purchasing VG stock for a quick turnover. VG wouldn't have these added costs. So they would have to be the winning bid in almost all cases. 

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 on: Today at 10:36:05 PM 
Started by Picy3 - Last post by Fubar
And that's where "best practice" and flexibility comes in.

I'm afraid I don't see where the flexibility or the "best practice" aspect comes from:

Quote from: CAPR 60-1
5.7.2. Feedback Meetings. At least once per phase, commanders will ensure the cadet participates in a feedback meeting, which is a mentoring opportunity and discussion about the cadetís performance in the Cadet Program. Feedback meetings will operate according to CAPP 60-31, Cadet Staff Handbook, 2.7, and must meet the following criteria:

It goes on to list three criteria, I believe mentioned within the regulation because I don't think the pamphlet covers them. Anyway, "will operate according to" doesn't say "as a best practice, ignore if you don't like it" to me.

So am I missing something here, or is this similar to your disagreement with CAPR 60-1 contradicting CAPM 39-1?

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 on: Today at 10:32:30 PM 
Started by CAPSOC_0pur8ur - Last post by Mitchell 1969
I guess what's surprising to me is that even with issues like the fake ABU's and other poor quality uniform items, another company hasn't been able to earn the contract yet  :-\

When it gets renewed, does it go out for bid? Or just get renewed? If the latter, then nobody else will ever earn the contract.


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 on: Today at 10:25:47 PM 
Started by Hawk200 - Last post by Fubar
What I tend to see is "US Air Force Auxiliary" all over the place, often in place of our organization's name. Same thing with business cards, the look on someone's face when I ask if they're in the Civil Air Patrol after they hand me their business card is amusing, their reaction when I mention it's not mentioned on their card is priceless.

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 on: Today at 10:18:02 PM 
Started by CAPSOC_0pur8ur - Last post by Red 6
As someone who remembers the bookstore from way back when, I've been happy with Vanguard's service. I've only had one issue and it was minor.

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 on: Today at 09:19:30 PM 
Started by therealfirstsergeant - Last post by SarDragon
Thank you, Colonel.

I think that about covers the tower fly-by.

Click.

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 on: Today at 09:01:34 PM 
Started by CAPSOC_0pur8ur - Last post by SarDragon
I guess what's surprising to me is that even with issues like the fake ABU's and other poor quality uniform items, another company hasn't been able to earn the contract yet  :-\

Did you not read Ned's response all the way through?

To restate an important point, emphasis mine:
Quote from: Ned
[Vanguard was] granted a license by CAP to produce those items which are exclusively CAP property - things like our unique insignia and other items that are reserved to the corporation by law.  The license does NOT cover things like uniform clothing items, which members are free to purchase at AAFES, military clothing sales, or eBay.

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 on: Today at 08:51:07 PM 
Started by therealfirstsergeant - Last post by FW
Glad to see CAPtalk still handles opinions that differ from their groupthink well. Can't imagine a world where everyone thinks for themselves.

What OP is trying to assert is that a ranger tab shows that this person at a bare minimum has had some field experience. There's no way to know whether someone with GTM3 on their 101 Card has actually demonstrated capability on the tasks needed, or if their SQTR was signed off because they happened to be found in a room that had a ground team class going on. Having graduated HMRS at least guarantees that they have participated in something resembling CAP field ops.

Yes, regulations require task demonstration, but not everyone follows regulations. You may be lucky enough or oblivious enough to have never noticed a GTM mercilessly pencil whipped through their quals and set up for failure, but others of us have not been as fortunate.

The true question is which is worse: dealing with a "certified" GTM who should be placed nowhere near a mission, or dealing with the infinite wisdom and humility of a HMRS grad.

"groupthink"?  good word.  LOL
As a former Pa Wing Commander, who sat through the process of "rewriting" the book on the HMRS program, I think I can make an opinion of what the caliber of training is,and its practical application.  The OP's statement is not based in reality.  "Field experience" is a relative term.  I am not criticizing the experience of the Hawk Mt. Schools.  In fact I enjoyed the experience, and think the members who participate get some good knowledge.  Practical experience, however is something else.  I have found, from experience, that members trained in other venues may be as good or better during a real mission.

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 on: Today at 08:50:36 PM 
Started by CAPSOC_0pur8ur - Last post by abdsp51
Only ever had minor issues with Vanguard and they always came through after a phone call.

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 on: Today at 08:49:42 PM 
Started by therealfirstsergeant - Last post by abdsp51
OP, I'm gonna be as nice as I possibly can.  You know nothing.... And a great example on why I choose to not have anything to do with ES in any aspect and do not advocate it. 

There is nothing taught at HMRS that will make anyone who attends it better at GT or CAP in general.  I can tell you that if I had a choice between you and someone else,  I'll take someone else who has a some grounding and a good head on their shoulders.  Most people who talk the talk end up not walking the walk.  There is no level of "field experience" that will make you better period.  The only thing I have seen ever to come out of HMRS is unauthorized bling and elitist attitudes.

This is the type of attitude that also tells outside players we are not worth using for missions.  I know that it I were a Sheriff somewhere and CAP wanted to play and demonstrated this type of attitude it would not only a no but "Hell no". 

There is no defense or excuse for this type of attitude. 

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