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 on: Today at 10:40:24 AM 
Started by jfkspotting - Last post by FW
There is no requirement to hanger any of our fleet from NHQ. 

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 on: Today at 09:59:30 AM 
Started by NIN - Last post by NIN
I am loathe to post this here, but it is relevant to the discussion, and this theory has more or less been taken as gospel:


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 on: Today at 09:53:17 AM 
Started by NIN - Last post by NIN
This is a very interesting conversation.  There is one thing I have noticed about CAPTALK (and several other aviation related forums).  Those forums which allow the use of an alias are, in general, less civil and less disciplined than those sites that require the use of a real name.  I wonder how much would clean up if all posters were required to own their comments and use their real name and location.

I grant your point, but aliases also allow for people who hold official positions to join the discussion without seeming to speak for the organization

I join the discussion, and while my user name doesn't say specifically who I am, my signature block does.  I'm not speaking for the organization unless I say I am (which, here, is tremendously infrequently).  When I was hired into my current position, my participation in CAP-Talk was actually mentioned as a positive factor, as in "People have seen what you have to say and they like it."

There is some degree of responsibility when your name is associated with your words. 

As I previously mentioned Reddit, the discussions there can get pretty freewheeling specifically because a massive percentage of people are anon and don't want to get doxxed for what they post. This is probably why the moderation scheme in the better subreddits is pretty heavy. For example: I've had several comments in one of the more "technical" subreddits modded down due to "low effort posting." Consequently, when I make a comment in one of those subreddits now, I work a little harder to make sure my comment or post actually contributes to the discussion at hand and doesn't drag the discussion off topic.  How is that bad?  The mods aren't staunching off legitimate discussion (even that which might be outside the "mainstream"), but they are helping separate the wheat from the chaff in terms of keeping the dialog "on point" and "high quality."  I know when I go into that subreddit, I'm going to read informative and smart discussions about the actual topic at hand, not "No, shut up, you're wrong" or "you're an idiot, read the FAQ" or 400 cat videos.

 Thats a VERY fine line to walk. VERY fine. And it works, most of the time.




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 on: Today at 09:36:02 AM 
Started by jfkspotting - Last post by kwe1009
Cadets, before deciding to wear the service coat to a regular meeting or any other non-formal event, keep these things in mind:

1. The service coat is not worn by the military as a daily wear item.  It is only for special occasions and ceremonies.  The only time you see people wearing the service coat outside of special occasions and ceremonies is by actors on TV/movies.
2. What message are you sending to the cadets under you when you are wearing uniform items that they don't have?
3. Are you trying to set yourself apart or above everyone else?
4. Is there really a need for you to wear the service coat?
5. If you are wearing it because it is cold, there are cheaper options (sweater and lightweight jacket).

You can also apply this to wearing the service cap (Bus driver hat) for cadet officers.  I'm not saying don't wear it, but you should keep these things in mind.  There is a time and place for this uniform and usually a squadron meeting is not it.

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 on: Today at 09:32:34 AM 
Started by FNelson - Last post by A.Member
Anybody ever staff it as a SM?
Yes and attempting to G2 the course from any angle is highly frowned upon (those that have attended this course or APJOC understand this).

Follow SarDragon's suggestion.  Everything you need to know is published on the NCSA site.  And as SarDragon also pointed out, don't just meet the standard; crush it.



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 on: Today at 09:24:17 AM 
Started by NIN - Last post by ironputts
Hello my fellow Cap Talkers! I have been in CAP since 1991 and a member of this forum since 2007. I have posted only 70+ times in those 10 years but was grateful for the opportunity to see what others wrote and I can respond. I believe discussion boards like this perform a function to interact with interested members on topics that are important to us. Some topics can run the spectrum between love and hate. That is the price for any open forum. If we lock it down then the perspective might change. My vote is to let it continue and our forum moderators have at times shut a topic down after that dead horse turns to an unsavory smell. I would just like to add it has been a privilege working with so many volunteers in an organization that shares the same goals as I do.

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 on: Today at 09:02:45 AM 
Started by jfkspotting - Last post by JayT
Why do you get a chuckle from it?

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 on: Today at 08:55:49 AM 
Started by NIN - Last post by Alaric
This is a very interesting conversation.  There is one thing I have noticed about CAPTALK (and several other aviation related forums).  Those forums which allow the use of an alias are, in general, less civil and less disciplined than those sites that require the use of a real name.  I wonder how much would clean up if all posters were required to own their comments and use their real name and location.

I grant your point, but aliases also allow for people who hold official positions to join the discussion without seeming to speak for the organization

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 on: Today at 08:53:21 AM 
Started by NIN - Last post by Cliff_Chambliss
This is a very interesting conversation.  There is one thing I have noticed about CAPTALK (and several other aviation related forums).  Those forums which allow the use of an alias are, in general, less civil and less disciplined than those sites that require the use of a real name.  I wonder how much would clean up if all posters were required to own their comments and use their real name and location.

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 on: Today at 08:48:28 AM 
Started by jfkspotting - Last post by Max
I’m a Cadet NCO and currently the First Sergeant at my unit. I don’t wear the service coat (and probably won’t until I’m an officer) simply for cost and aesthetic reasons. The service coat in my size is a little hard to find, which means an AAFES is the best way for me to acquire , however that’s a little more than I would like to spend on uniforms. After I earn my Mitchell I would just have to buy another anyways but I accommodate eapulets. Aesthetically, I think the current service costs push the uniform from “Military” to “Business Suit”.  I prefer the long sleeve blues shirt and tie in colder weather and open collar short sleeve in the summer. 

Sorry for the long winded answer, but in conclusion, no, I do not wear the service jacket.

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