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 on: Today at 05:58:59 PM 
Started by ozone - Last post by Jester


Soft goods like nametapes have plenty of sources, as do mil-spec products, including Amazon and Military Clothing sales, but
access to the latter might be a delimiter there.

The MCS I used to work at says no more CAP tapes or tags of any kind, and that probably comes from the AAFES name tag plant at Knox.

 12 
 on: Today at 05:57:27 PM 
Started by Eclipse - Last post by NIN
McDonalds in Australia serves Vegimite!   
For those who don't know what vegimite is, google it.

Which is @#$% disgusting.

 13 
 on: Today at 05:55:27 PM 
Started by ProdigalJim - Last post by NIN
I see nothing here about the one problem that is totally in Vanguard's control. The lack of consistency between batches of the same item.
That's nothing but a simple quality control issue. Something a company that really cares about putting out a quality product has no trouble doing.
But based on my experience they can't seem to handle it, at least for Civil Air Patrol items. I've never had a problem with Vanguard for Air Force insignia...

Phil, I sure did:

Quote from: Col Knowles
If it is a quality issue, please send it through your chain of command ó which will get to meó so I can work with the national staff to make things right.

of course "me" being the MER Commander, Col Knowles, so if you're going to report on quality issues, send it thru your OWN chain of command.

so in other words "I bought badge A six months ago and it looked like this. I bought badge A again a month ago and it looks *completely* different. What gives, Vanguard?" is a quality issue.

 14 
 on: Today at 05:01:50 PM 
Started by xray328 - Last post by LATORRECA
Huurraaa..... Marine Corps

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 15 
 on: Today at 04:57:46 PM 
Started by xray328 - Last post by PHall
Is anyone seen my crayons. I'm hungry. 💂💂💂

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You don't like my use of color to make it easier to see what text I referring to?

 16 
 on: Today at 04:55:24 PM 
Started by ProdigalJim - Last post by PHall
I see nothing here about the one problem that is totally in Vanguard's control. The lack of consistency between batches of the same item.
That's nothing but a simple quality control issue. Something a company that really cares about putting out a quality product has no trouble doing.
But based on my experience they can't seem to handle it, at least for Civil Air Patrol items. I've never had a problem with Vanguard for Air Force insignia...

 17 
 on: Today at 03:23:20 PM 
Started by capmaj - Last post by kwe1009
Spam, great comments and insight.  I'm not sure why your Wing was waiting so late to try and have a competition.  We have done a pretty good job in my Wing of advertising far in advance (at least 6 months) and getting teams to compete.  Our competition is this weekend and we had 6 teams sign up.  There were 5 at our 2016 competition even though there wasn't a national or region competition.  This is actually an increase from 2015 and before when only 2-3 teams would participate.  It would be nice to have more teams compete but at least we are going in the right direction.

I would like to see it less complicated as well.  While NHQ has done a better job at trying to make it fair for young and experienced cadets, there is room for improvement.  Stick with core CAP cadet activities. 

The current primary events are fine.  I really like how the uniform prep and inspections work.  The electives really need to be looked at.  Speech and Jeopardy are good as they are things cadets need to learn.  I would like to see the written test portion done away with.  The service project elective needs to go as well.  Just too much work and is subjectively judged based on write-ups and pictures.  Geocaching is not a core CAP cadet activity. 

Lastly, it has to be fun for the cadets.  Under the old system the cadets did have fun even though it was a ton of work.  This new system is easier in some ways but harder in other.  This is a competition so it should not be easy.  It is also a memorable experience for the cadets, especially if they make it to Region or above.  I still have cadets talking about being on an NCC team over 4 years ago.

 18 
 on: Today at 03:05:55 PM 
Started by ProdigalJim - Last post by ProdigalJim
Hey Mods, I goofed and put a post in the Lobby when I meant to put it in Uniforms. Can I move it myself or is that only subject the Special Magicks of The Mods?

 19 
 on: Today at 03:02:48 PM 
Started by ProdigalJim - Last post by ProdigalJim
MER CC Col. John Knowles included this item in his monthly commentary to all of the members in the Region, and it's good news!

>> "Addressing Uniform Concerns Regarding Vanguard

Over the last several months, I have been working with some of Civil Air Patrolís national staff addressing problems raised concerning uniform items purchased from Vanguard.  Concerns range from issues with stitching and mistakes with names to quality variances with products over time.  One of our members put together a detailed report based on issues that he had been made aware of or had experienced himself.  This report provided specific examples of the problems outlined. This is an important component when trying to address a complaint.  Simply saying ďyou guys stinkĒ isnít really an effective method for change.  Based on the memberís report and by working with the National Uniform Committee and the staff at NHQ, we have made significant progress. " (Emphasis mine)

"Let me start out by saying I know for a fact that Vanguard really wants to provide a quality product to our members.  Over the years, anytime anyone has approached me about a problem, I have always suggested they contact the company to directly resolve the issue. That almost always solves the problem.  Letís also agree that no one is perfect and sometimes mistakes are made.  We are actively working to improve the quality of the items supplied by Vanguard."

"Currently, when they create a new item, samples are reviewed prior to production.  Each of the issues brought up in the report have been addressed and corrected where possible by Vanguard.  Our members are our most important asset, and we will continue to work to get you what you need.  If you have issues going forward, I ask that you contact Vanguard if it is a customer service problem.  If it is a quality issue, please send it through your chain of command ó which will get to meó so I can work with the national staff to make things right.  This item is important to the CAP Senior Advisory Group and no one should think their concerns are being ignored." (Again, emphasis mine.)

Three cheers for Col. Knowles! And let's all do as he suggests so that we can maybe get more concrete systemic changes.

I know for a fact that there is an effort afoot to create a genuine CAP standard, based on the relevant Milspec, for Vanguard to follow (right now they don't have one). That step alone should be an enormous benefit.  :clap:

 20 
 on: Today at 02:58:07 PM 
Started by xray328 - Last post by Luis R. Ramos
So you are eating crayons?

 ???

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