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 91 
 on: June 20, 2017, 10:31:39 PM 
Started by Commo - Last post by A.Member
There's no Masonic society or star chamber-type hidden forum here on CAP-Talk.
That is...disappointing.

 92 
 on: June 20, 2017, 09:38:00 PM 
Started by Commo - Last post by NIN
There are some moderator only "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" boards for the guys managing CAP-talk. For example, it's a good practice in forum board management to move an offending post instead of outright deleting, in case you either later need to restore it or you need to keep it as evidence of tomfoolery, so there's a restricted forum. 

There's no Masonic society or star chamber-type hidden forum here on CAP-Talk. Sorry to bust your bubble.

Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk


 93 
 on: June 20, 2017, 09:06:18 PM 
Started by Commo - Last post by Commo
Are there other areas to this forum that are hidden or off-limits to some?

While noticing NIN's topic on the selected CAP commander, there was a link to a second thread, which I cannot view.

http://captalk.net/index.php?topic=22211.msg367123;topicseen#new

I receive an error stating "An Error Has Occurred!" and "The topic or board you are looking for appears to be either missing or off limits to you."

If there's more official stuff or a non-newb area, I'm not offended; just curious as to where this other thread exists.

Hope I haven't broken the first rule of CAPtalk...

Commo

 94 
 on: June 20, 2017, 08:54:22 PM 
Started by Mordecai - Last post by Commo
Also, as this forum allows a level of anonymity via handles, the lack of https even for authentication makes it trivial to associate user Bob on workstation XYZ as CAP user Commo.

Also [again], a third party would then associate a username with the registered email address, and a password.  Hopefully, no one uses their email password for any other account, but at a minimum, it exposes something personally identifiable with a user.

No, my name's not Bob.

Commo

 95 
 on: June 20, 2017, 08:11:49 PM 
Started by Shieldel - Last post by THRAWN
Far too often in CAP I've seen the mission become the mission of running the mission, instead of you know, our mission. Everyone gets so wrapped around the axel about job descriptions and filling squares on charts that we barely get anyone out the door to go look for whatever we're looking for.

We certainly have a lot of learning to do about ICS (and changes to how we do business if we want to do ICS with others), but we need to stop making ICS the mission.

We've been using ICS for over 15 years. At this point in the game, we should be more proficient.

 96 
 on: June 20, 2017, 07:48:15 PM 
Started by Eclipse - Last post by Jester
I actually need it too. I usually have my ducks in a row prior to meeting night but I had some last minute stuff pop up.

 97 
 on: June 20, 2017, 07:45:46 PM 
Started by Eclipse - Last post by Eclipse
Dear NHQ,

Tuesday is probably the highest utilization of eServices for meeting nights, it's down.

Just sayin'

 98 
 on: June 20, 2017, 07:39:35 PM 
Started by Shieldel - Last post by UWONGO2
Far too often in CAP I've seen the mission become the mission of running the mission, instead of you know, our mission. Everyone gets so wrapped around the axel about job descriptions and filling squares on charts that we barely get anyone out the door to go look for whatever we're looking for.

We certainly have a lot of learning to do about ICS (and changes to how we do business if we want to do ICS with others), but we need to stop making ICS the mission.

 99 
 on: June 20, 2017, 06:14:58 PM 
Started by Shieldel - Last post by Shieldel
Your enthusiasm is no different than anyone who has gotten a taste of disaster relief life and liked it.

My suggestion is to make use of that FEMA Corps experience you've obtained and apply for a Disaster Assistance Employee position with FEMA.  When I left, they were culling the DAE herd to streamline it, but I left shortly after Katrina.  Their cadre and needs may have changed significantly since.  Start familiarizing yourself with the programs that FEMA manages: Public Assistance (PA), Individual Assistance (IA), Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA), etc.  Becoming a DAE will at least get your foot in the door to making a career in Emergency Management.

You don't have to limit yourself to FEMA either if you like being part of the Federal Disaster deployment life.  Small Business Administration always deploys teams to the field as FEMA programs don't directly help small businesses.  US Forestry sends teams out to the field, as does pretty much any Federal Agency depending upon the type of Disaster.  You could also try American Red Cross.

It also sounds to me that being on the tip of the spear and First Responding is more up your alley.  You may want to consider a seasonal job with the Forestry Service Hand Crew, which would set you up to get on a Hotshot Crew.

If you go after a degree, do yourself a favor and DON'T get a degree in Emergency Management.  You just don't need one, and whatever agency picks you up will send you to all the Emergency Management specific training you need.  Having a more general degree like Biology, Business, Forestry, etc. gives you options.  There are not many EM jobs out there.  I know one person who got herself a Bachelor's and Masters degree in Emergency Management, it took her over a year of constant job searching even with Veteran status, and the job she got finally didn't require the specialized degrees she went after.  She is not alone in the slightest bit in that experience.  EM is a difficult career path to get into.

Best of luck to you!

Tip of the spear is definitely more me I think sir. Thanks for giving me an avenue to explore. I think I remember you congratulating me on getitng picked for FEMA Corps last year. I seriously do appreciate everybody who's given me even negative feedback in this thread as yes, I'm enthusiastic. People at my squadron will tell you I seem like I'm 5 when I talk ES/EM. I love the work, I love the chaos. I find it so fascinating. There's just so much to it. What with all the different ways one can attack an incident, and even different types of incidents themselves. Of course there's all the different programs like you mentioned, and that's a whole other beast. When I worked as a planner in FEMA Corps they gave us the basics on all programs, because you don't know if you'll be working as a planner in the planning section or say attached to IA as their planner for IAP Purposes or record keeping.

I think part of the whole being 5 thing came out in the initial post (expeditionary and all the other words people have pointed out), yeah I like being at the tip, only because that's the most chaotic, I like being in fast paced environments. When I've gone for a job, I always tell my employer I thrive in chaos. Put me in the most chaotic position possible, I like having to be quick on my feet and thinking a million miles an hour.


 100 
 on: June 20, 2017, 05:42:45 PM 
Started by BoxGranch - Last post by Mustang
I've tried both shades of gray offered by Propper and both miss the mark. Their charcoal gray is too dark and their light gray is too light. 5.11's storm gray nailed it but they don't offer fat kid sizes.
I have to eat my words here, looks like 5.11 has expanded their available sizes on a number of their pant styles.

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