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 on: Today at 11:53:45 AM 
Started by Eclipse - Last post by FalconHatTrick
With the lack of information, I'm wondering if that published the shutdown notification, then caught a ton of @!#$ and didn't have a response in order and are still trying to figure out what to do.  I still wonder if you can still download unit level CAPWATCH data and have SIMS still function. But again, lack of info has a lot to be desired.

 on: Today at 11:36:57 AM 
Started by THRAWN - Last post by grunt82abn
Nice share! Thank You!

 on: Today at 11:18:27 AM 
Started by 1st Lt Thompson - Last post by 1st Lt Thompson
Just curious if any Squadrons/Groups/Wings have developed a nutrition/fitness program, to encourage Seniors to live a healthier, more active lifestyle? What about a biggest loser type challenge at a Squadron/Group/Wing? If you have, I'd be interested to know what you are doing, or if you have a pdf of the program you could share.

Let me mention that I'm not trying to bring up the debate of whether Seniors should have PT requirements....just trying to think of some ways to create a voluntary program, maybe with some incentives or awards for different achievements similar to the President's Challenge. Browsing through older posts, it appeared that a few Wings were in the works of implementing such a program...just wondering if any ever did? 

 on: Today at 10:07:59 AM 
Started by jabbr - Last post by jabbr
Thank you sir on both responses :)

 on: Today at 09:42:26 AM 
Started by ♠SARKID♠ - Last post by Spam
... and glad to have you here, Sir!

*ahem, "down heah, Suh".


 on: Today at 09:41:35 AM 
Started by jabbr - Last post by 1st Lt Thompson
Once you're in, you'll start with level one training, opsec, Cadet Protection, EO, etc. During that time, you will have a convo with your PDO or CC and discuss options for a specialty track, and they will steer you in the right direction from there.

Some Seniors are just there to support their kids, and some stay long after the kids move on, and continue to be very productive members of the Squadron. Both paths are fine, and either way, we're just glad you're here to support. There are many different aspects to the Civil Air Patrol, and there's something for everyone, so hopefully you decide to be more than just a parent that sits in the back, dig in, find something you enjoy, and have a great time serving your community, State and Nation for many years to come!

 on: Today at 09:39:27 AM 
Started by ♠SARKID♠ - Last post by Ozzy
I'm a bit lucky I moved down to Atlanta a few weeks ago. Looks like I'm in the ~98% band and will be easily able to see it while working. Now to try to find these eclipse glasses...

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 on: Today at 09:34:30 AM 
Started by jabbr - Last post by 1st Lt Thompson

First off, welcome to the Civil Air Patrol.

As a former Army JROTC C/LTC, I can tell you there is a lot of value and benefit to being dual enrolled. JROTC focused on areas where CAP was lacking, and CAP focused on areas JROTC was lacking. Being a CAP Cadet helped me immensely in JROTC, and vice versa. In a little over a year, I went from being a lowly supply clerk to Battalion Commander in JROTC, mainly due to the extra discipline and leadership skills gained in CAP.

Again, as Coudano stated, attendance requirements are very much a local thing. If the Squadron does the Great Start program for beginning Cadets, 100% attendance is usually expected for the 5-8 week program. If too much is missed, they may not graduate Great Start with the rest of their flight, and have to make up the missed time at a later date.

Once Great Start is complete, then in my Squadron we ask for 50-75% attendance at meetings and activities, but like most Squadrons, there are exceptions. Like Coudano, we have Cadets that disappear during hockey season, football season, etc. The key here is communication with the Squadron before, during and after the period of absence. They aren't going to care much if you let them know in advance, but they may have something to say if you drop off the face of the earth for 2 months and no one knows why.

Absences will also influence promotions. If a Cadet is promoted, and then gone for 3 months, they can't promote the second they return....we usually require them to be active again for a number of weeks before they are eligible to promote. Again, this is very Squadron specific.

One other consideration is training for programs such as Cyber Patriot, ES specialties, etc. My Squadron is currently running Ground Team and UDF training over the course of a few months. Cadets who sign up for the training are expected to be there each week and prepared. If they miss, and fall behind, it's not fair to the other Cadets who are there every week to hold up training to catch up one or two, so once they get so far behind we have to drop them from the training until the next time around.

Again, a lot of this is Squadron specific, so continued communication with your local Squadron's Chain of Command is essential.

*edited to correct a spelling error

 on: Today at 09:23:34 AM 
Started by jabbr - Last post by jabbr
Wow, the CAP University page has a lot of info.  As a senior member, I'm not sure what the options are.  I'll start asking the local squadrons what they know.  Most of the adults I met were there to simply support their kids - not actually take a position/train.

 on: Today at 08:30:42 AM 
Started by jabbr - Last post by jabbr
Thank you

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