At least it hasn't turned into a uniform post.
I have been reading the post on Cadets in ES missions and as a Commander and GTL it becomes a question of all the points that have been made.....Do we? or Don't we? or Can we? use cadets in the field...
however one of these days we will realize that "GT is not a cadet thing" and for us to be serious about it we need to understand that we need as many or more seniors involved as cadets, with cadets having the opportunity to augment when they can, not as the primary force.
I dont get it. You can become a Jr. Firefighter/EMT on a Fire Department, or a Jr. Deputy/ Police Explorer at 16, and respond to emergencies way more frequent than CAP, but no one questions that. Yet, we perform SAR and they put age restrictions on us. All these paper pushes should join a Ground Team every once in a while.
I suspect that there's probably some local issues at play here that has this cadet fired up.
Quote from: Spaceman3750 on April 11, 2016, 04:38:33 PMI suspect that there's probably some local issues at play here that has this cadet fired up.Do we know he's a cadet?
Yes, Senior Members are the backbone of C.A.P., but, Cadets, for the most part, and in the physical shape required to go on searches.
It's interesting, I recently defended the use of cadets in SAR to one of the local SAR teams once.The line was "we trained with CAP once [forever ago] and they brought a bunch of kids with them".My response was "Yes, sir. The reality of CAP is that we do use youth searchers in some of our operations. You should know that they train to the exact same standards that our adult members do, and come with the same Federal Tort Claims Act liability coverage that our adult members do. Frankly, in general I think they're easier to train than adults. That said, I do have common sense and as a ground team leader there are certainly some times when I would not employ cadets or might leave them back. For example, if we're going to go check an area where we're very likely to find the search subject, I might have our cadets stay behind [supervised] while a couple of adults check the area. But generally, they work well and yes, we do use them."He seemed satisfied enough with that answer, and we moved on with the conversation.I suspect that there's probably some local issues at play here that has this cadet fired up.