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 on: Yesterday at 11:53:47 PM 
Started by etodd - Last post by OldGuy

 on: Yesterday at 11:16:25 PM 
Started by etodd - Last post by Live2Learn
Many years ago I was part of a military team that did these kinds of things as part of our job (no it wasnt Red Cell, no I dont know Dick Marcinko)  One of the tenants I learned out of this bit of additional duty time is:  Most people see what they expect to see.  If you look like and act like you belong somewhere, that is exactly what most people take it as...aka face value.  Even during exercises where people should have been expecting "funny" business, we were able to talk our way into areas that for sure should have been secured, all by looking like we belonged. 


I do similar things in my office job.  You'd be surprised (or not) the amount of people you've never met are willing to step away from their computers for a coffee break due to a quick "spot check" or "audit" of their system.  Holding a clipboard and acting a tad bit impatient works wonders!  :)

You both seem to describe Edward Snowden's tactics to a "T". 

 on: Yesterday at 10:24:19 PM 
Started by etodd - Last post by chuckmilam
Social engineering is often the most effective tool in the box.

 on: Yesterday at 09:47:58 PM 
Started by NIN - Last post by Eclipse
Define "proper categories"

Define "inactive members"

Exactly.  Many people had hoped that the rhetoric on this issue was going to help the situation.

We have several folks in my unit who are no longer active, but keep paying those dues. Works for me.

That's fine, but they should not be "active" members, and should not be included in any manpower reports
or press releases that indicate how many members CAP has.

 on: Yesterday at 09:14:26 PM 
Started by Cadet Officer - Last post by SarDragon
And we're done here.

 on: Yesterday at 08:41:20 PM 
Started by Cadet Officer - Last post by Cadet 38423382
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 on: Yesterday at 08:16:46 PM 
Started by etodd - Last post by PHall
If you look like you belong there no one will question you. Truth!

 on: Yesterday at 08:10:33 PM 
Started by NIN - Last post by SarDragon
I've been in for a little over 2 1/2 years.  Although we have 35ish dues paying Seniors on the roll, I've never laid eyes on at least a third of them. Not sure why they keep paying dues. I guess folks think they may want to drop back in, when they aren't so busy, but a month turns into a year, and then five years ...
I was "pay, no play" for ten years. There were time and finance issues that precluded active participation. Once those were out of the way, I started active participation, and here I am.

I thought the expense of the annual dues was worth it, as a small way to give back to an organization I had belonged to for about 30 years. It also meant that I wouldn't have to go back to square one, again, when I became active.

We have several folks in my unit who are no longer active, but keep paying those dues. Works for me.

 on: Yesterday at 07:46:29 PM 
Started by NIN - Last post by RiverAux
National needs to be doing awareness level information. "This is Civil Air Patrol" type stuff. When you spend 20-25 secs of your 30 sec initial contact explaining what CAP is, you've lost the battle.

Well, you're describing more of a public affairs problem than a recruiting problem.  They are, of course, linked to some extent.  However, getting CAP to a point where a significant percentage of the population, both adults and youths, know what CAP is just is not going to happen.  I don't know that its necessary to make a difference in terms of recruiting as that is highly correlated with the existing strength of your local unit (meaning that the better your unit, the more likely it is that you'll grow because people hear you have a good program) OR having one fireball member that goes hardcore with the sort of highly active recruiting program that can turn around a failing unit. 

 on: Yesterday at 06:26:17 PM 
Started by etodd - Last post by EMT-83
It would appear that the incident(s) occurred while both parties were cadets, which would put the male at age 20 or younger.

The only silver lining in this cloud is the decisive action taken by the officer reporting the situation.

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