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 on: Today at 04:42:58 AM 
Started by J2H - Last post by J2H
Thank you all!

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 on: Today at 03:17:43 AM 
Started by Falling Hare - Last post by Fester
65% First year cadet loss is bloody! We at the local, Wing, and National level must cut those numbers drastically.

I know it "sounds bad,". But that is pretty consistent with our cadet retention rates for several decades.  You may notice that BSA will not publish or release their retention rates, but in private conversations with senior Scout leaders, their experience appears to be very similar to ours.

And very similar across other youth groups we have spoken with.  It may well just be a "teenager thing" as young people experiment with different interests and experiences.  Hard to say.

But it appears that our cadet retention rates are pretty much the same as they have always been.  Can we do better?  I believe so and have worked hard to keep our focus on providing doctrine, tools, and resources to focus on and enhance local Squadron meetings.  Which is where we have over 90% of our cadet contact.

What specific ideas do you have to increase first year cadet retention?

(This probably deserves its own thread, however.)

Ned Lee
National Cadet Orogram Manager

I'm curious where the loss rates come from.  They seem very high.  But I trust them seeing as they come from NIN and seem to be collaborated by Ned.

My question is, why are we losing so many?  Ned has some ideas that seem valid, but do we have any concrete data?  Do we do any outreach after losing a cadet to find out why they left?  It seems like, with the availability of electronic communications these days, that could be an easy task.  Furthermore, wouldn't that first person data make coming up with a strategy to solve the problem so much easier? And more effective?

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 on: Today at 02:40:02 AM 
Started by Falling Hare - Last post by Cicero
See https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/resources-and-training/tpp-and-paf-resources/recruitment-retention-and-engagement/index.html

https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/sites/default/files/retention_webinar_slides.pdf

N.B. Many SM dislike Social Media. It is a major blind spot. Further, SM policing by upper echelon folks makes the use of same difficult as the "perfect" becomes the enemy of the "good" and shuts down many aspiring efforts at such communication.

This does deserve a stand alone thread.


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 on: Today at 02:17:21 AM 
Started by Falling Hare - Last post by Ned
65% First year cadet loss is bloody! We at the local, Wing, and National level must cut those numbers drastically.

I know it "sounds bad,". But that is pretty consistent with our cadet retention rates for several decades.  You may notice that BSA will not publish or release their retention rates, but in private conversations with senior Scout leaders, their experience appears to be very similar to ours.

And very similar across other youth groups we have spoken with.  It may well just be a "teenager thing" as young people experiment with different interests and experiences.  Hard to say.

But it appears that our cadet retention rates are pretty much the same as they have always been.  Can we do better?  I believe so and have worked hard to keep our focus on providing doctrine, tools, and resources to focus on and enhance local Squadron meetings.  Which is where we have over 90% of our cadet contact.

What specific ideas do you have to increase first year cadet retention?

(This probably deserves its own thread, however.)

Ned Lee
National Cadet Orogram Manager


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 on: Today at 01:57:51 AM 
Started by Cicero - Last post by Cicero
Air Force Academy apologizes for 'microaggressions' after master sergeant urges cadets to follow Michael Jordan's lead and avoid 'gaudy chains' and sagging pants


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'This is a perfect example of why we're going to lose a war with Russia/China,' one grumbled in the comments.

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 on: Today at 01:45:01 AM 
Started by Falling Hare - Last post by Cicero
We are part of an organization that is bleeding membership, having trouble identifying and carrying out new missions and is almost constantly bogged down at each and every level over “politics.”
emphasis mine

Cite?

2015 Membership: 55,972
2016 Membership: 56,016
2017 Membership: 58,411

Civil Air Patrol membership has increased nearly 3,000 members between 2015 and 2017.  Bleeding?
That is roughly a three year growth rate of 6% - or an annualized growth of 2%. Had we cut the loss rates in half, imagine what that would look like! We may not be "bleeding" but we are certainly not growing in any kind of robust sense of the word. And that is a shame. The Cadet Program is one of the finest leadership programs in existence. Our nation needs this. Urgently.

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 on: Today at 12:14:05 AM 
Started by Falling Hare - Last post by MSG Mac
What is the turnover rate of first and second year members? That is the true indication of bleeding membership.

First year cadets: between 65 & 75% turnover.
Subsequent year cadets, closer to 40%

Senior member turn over has remained pretty steady between 21 & 25% for a long time. It actually varies only a small amount.

65% First year cadet loss is bloody! We at the local, Wing, and National level must cut those numbers drastically.

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 on: Today at 12:03:06 AM 
Started by Second_In_Command - Last post by MSG Mac
Stay away from anything other than your books.  That is what the material is from and what you need to know.  Also make sure you are taking the correct version of the test.

Only use your notes and the books do not use anything else.

Wright is a closed book test which is now only available on line. They draw from a pool of 300 questions. Study everything, especially the review questions at the end of each chapter.

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 on: Yesterday at 11:14:04 PM 
Started by J2H - Last post by I_Am_Twigs
Apparently she had been able to log in all night and didn't tell me

Haha smooth, well I guess that solves the problem for us  ;D

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 on: Yesterday at 10:53:12 PM 
Started by The_CAP_Life_Chose_Me - Last post by etodd
Keep your eyes outside looking toward the horizon. Don't spend too much time looking at the panel. Let the MP do that.

Sure, if the pilot happens to be an MP.

Not that its relevant to the actual question raised .... Geez ... make it ANY kind of qualified O'Ride pilot.  Does that work for you? ;)

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