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 on: October 13, 2017, 08:41:14 PM 
Started by kjmillig - Last post by kjmillig
A former member and I are in the process of trying to start a new composite unit in our local area. We were told by Wing that for starters we would be a flight attached to the nearest squadron, 33 miles away.
Successes so far:
The mayor and City Council like the idea.
We have a potential hangar and classroom space at our local airport.
We have at least 15 interested youth and at least 4 adults.
Hurdles so far:
The city will still charge us $500 per month for the hangar splitting costs with the police dept. If they pull out, we would have to pay $1000.
There are two nearby high schools and several middle schools with potential cadets (no JROTC), but we cannot get administration to respond to our requests to come and present.
My questions for those with more experience at this:
What can we do more/differently?
Can anyone show success/failure rates for new units?
Annual expected budgets?
What else do we need to know/do?

 on: October 13, 2017, 08:26:17 PM 
Started by NIN - Last post by Shawn W.

PM sent.

 on: October 13, 2017, 07:57:29 PM 
Started by MSG Mac - Last post by Spam

I do seem to recall having seen a summary document outlining some of the changes, but I must have missed the draft for comments (usually those are faithfully uploaded in the Proving Grounds). Do you have a link to it, Ned?


 on: October 13, 2017, 07:29:37 PM 
Started by NIN - Last post by Mitchell 1969
Iíve done it both ways - sign them up because ďa cadet in the hand is worth two in the bush,Ē and ďGreat! Here is our next scheduled membership intake schedule! Fill this out, we will give you a reminder call.Ē The dribble-ins donít always show up at opportune moments and might get discouraged. The cohort members are expected and plans have been made. They tend to stick around longer.

The cohort/standard intake system may seem like it discourages returns, but it doesnít. It discourages people who only went to the meeting because their buddy wanted company, or because their parents thought it would be great to introduce socialization to a homeschool curriculum. The ones who really want it will go home and circle the next date in their calendar.

Cohorts are also a benefit to parents for scheduling. If Timmy is going to be occupied with CAP on Wednesdays after dinner, then they will not schedule Timmy for tuba lessons after dinner on Wednesday.

Aaaannnddd...it can also help take advantage of part-time Senior staff. There are always those guys who canít commit to every week, but who will make sure they are there for the third Wednesday so they can do their testing/issuing/teaching/whatever and mesh into the standardized schedule.   

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 on: October 13, 2017, 07:09:52 PM 
Started by NIN - Last post by Spaceman3750
And here I was happy with 7 in my Sept-Oct cohort (with 3 more already in line for Feb-March). We have seen some positive impact from cohort in senior recruiting as well, with 3 active parents of cohort cadets joining this year.

 on: October 13, 2017, 05:05:52 PM 
Started by MSG Mac - Last post by Ned
The final draft has been presented to the National Commander for his consideration and possible signature.

Restated, it is on his desk as we speak.  He may sign it, or refer it back to staff as he chooses.

Re-restated, it could be any day now.

Ned Lee
National Cadet Program Manager

 on: October 13, 2017, 04:58:19 PM 
Started by MSG Mac - Last post by MSG Mac
National HQ announced that the new Cadet Programs Manual 60-1 (1 Jan 18 edition)would be released in October so that units could begin implementing it early. Obviously hasn't been done yet. Anyone have an idea of when it will be released?

 on: October 13, 2017, 04:04:07 PM 
Started by Eclipse - Last post by EMT-83
A lost Boy Scout seems to be included in every graded exercise. Truth be told, a scout would be more likely to rescue a lost cadet.

 on: October 13, 2017, 04:01:50 PM 
Started by Eclipse - Last post by Panzerbjorn

Occasionally Iíll hear some of our cadets making fun of Scouts and how theyíre the ones who always have to rescue them in the woods.

Your Cadets have actually done this, or just mouthing off?

Harmless mouthing off.

 on: October 13, 2017, 03:46:46 PM 
Started by NIN - Last post by etodd
We might get a handful who visit and act interested. One shows up at the next meeting, then another 3 weeks later and another a month later. Kids and parents working out schedules and making decisions.  So if we wanted to train them all at the same time, would mean waiting a couple months until we have a group of newbies. So of course we do not. Each starts as they join.

Or ... are you turning folks away if they come in the middle and give them the date when training starts for the new batch?

Maybe our squadron is too casual.

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