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abysmal
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« on: March 10, 2005, 07:44:59 PM »

Question:

1.
What are your normal weekly meeting times?

2.
how much extra time per week to you spend on CAP?

3.
How far do you travel to your meeting?

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We are currently meeting from 7:00-9:00pm on Monday nights.
Last week I asked all of the Cadets if they would be willing to change the meeting time from 7:00 to 6:30 so we could squeeze in another 30 mintues of BADLY needed time. Much to my surprise 26 of 29 said NO, not interested... I was surprised to say the least.

2ndly they complain ALOT about having to drive out to the meeting location at the city Airport. I would guess the average distance is a whopping 10 mile drive. Doesn't seem like much to me, but there is much complaining about the distance.
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2LT Christopher M. Parrett
Deputy Commander of Cadets, Cadet Programs Officer
London Bridge Composite Squadron 501
SWR-AZ-112,  Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Horn229
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2005, 08:19:50 PM »

1. 7pm - 9pm

2. Anywhere from 0-5+ hours. Use to be double-triple that, but now I'm in a different squadron, with a different position. :)

3. About 20 or so miles, should take me about 30minutes with traffic/speed limits, I usually have it down to 20-25 minutes though. ;D


10 mile drive and their complaining? I know people who drive 1.5hrs to their squadron meeting every week.
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NICHOLAS A. HORN, Senior Member, CAP
abysmal
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2005, 08:24:45 PM »

Thanks.
I tend to think they are whinning big time.
But I really need to see what is the norm out there these days.
Most of my Cadets are under 16 and have to get rides to the meeting.
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2LT Christopher M. Parrett
Deputy Commander of Cadets, Cadet Programs Officer
London Bridge Composite Squadron 501
SWR-AZ-112,  Lake Havasu City, Arizona
MIKE
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2005, 08:29:56 PM »

1.
What are your normal weekly meeting times?

Wednesday nights 1845 to 2130.
Previous Squadron met Tuesday nights 1800-2100 with essential staff arriving at 1730.  That's how it was prior to my transfer anyway.

2.
how much extra time per week to you spend on CAP?

Do you mean actual work which directly relates to my duty assignments within my squadron (Which isn't a whole heck of a lot and is spread out over the weeks and months.)  Or do you mean to also include time spent on CAPTalk, Squadron Command and CadetStuff (Which is a large chunk of time.)

3.
How far do you travel to your meeting?

Both units to which I have been assigned have been no more than 20 minutes driving time each way... My current unit is actually closer mileage wise but uses mostly rural roads as opposed to highways.  There are no units closer to my home.
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Mike Johnston
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2005, 08:48:31 PM »

I am starting to think my cadets are SERIOUSLY spoiled....

As for total time, yes, all time spent during the week on anything CAP, including the time we are spending on this board right now.
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2LT Christopher M. Parrett
Deputy Commander of Cadets, Cadet Programs Officer
London Bridge Composite Squadron 501
SWR-AZ-112,  Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2005, 08:58:01 PM »

1.  In 35 minutes, actually.  1830 to 2100 every Thursday night

2.  CAP fills my life with what could be a well paying job, instead.  I'd say maybe 20+ hours a week at least goes into planning and thinking about CAP activities.

3.  3-4 miles

Oh, and in Montana, if whatever you are going to isn't in town with you, it's an easy 15-20+ miles down the road.  Drive times are a fact of life, your cadets need to get used to this.
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abysmal
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2005, 09:21:37 PM »

1.  In 35 minutes, actually.  1830 to 2100 every Thursday night

2.  CAP fills my life with what could be a well paying job, instead.  I'd say maybe 20+ hours a week at least goes into planning and thinking about CAP activities.

3.  3-4 miles

Oh, and in Montana, if whatever you are going to isn't in town with you, it's an easy 15-20+ miles down the road.  Drive times are a fact of life, your cadets need to get used to this.

THANKS!
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2LT Christopher M. Parrett
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London Bridge Composite Squadron 501
SWR-AZ-112,  Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2005, 09:39:11 PM »

Quote from: abysmal
Question:

1.
What are your normal weekly meeting times?

2.
how much extra time per week to you spend on CAP?

3.
How far do you travel to your meeting?

1. My squadron (a composite sq) meets weekly on Wednesdays from 7 to 9pm.  Most people arrive at 6:45, as people need to put their materials in the classrooms, sign-in, and be ready and in flight for opening formation at 7.  They are released usually within a minute or two of 9pm and can go straight home, though many hang around and socialize or get other business done for up to a half hour afterwards.
 
My Group meets once a month on the 3rd Thursday also at 7pm, though the time of the meeting varies.
 
2.  I spent quite a bit of time each week on CAP.  Between Cadet Programs stuff (such as CAC, programming, emails) and squadron things such as maintaining the website, working on the squadron banquet, etc. - I can easily spend 10 hours a week working on CAP-related things.
 
3.  When I'm home (and not in Albany where I am now), my squadron meets approximately a 13 minute drive from my home.  It's in the same suburb, too, so it's not in a neighboring town or anything.   My Group HQ meets about 15-17 minutes away and involves use of an Interstate highway for me to get there.   I consider both of those locations very close and couldn't ask for them to be any closer.

I know my squadron has people that drive much farther than I.  There was a C/CC at our unit who used to drive 1-1/2 hours one-way each night to make meetings.  There are those who drive between 20-30 minutes to get to our squadron, too.  No complaints heard yet.
 
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Michael F. Kieloch, Maj, CAP
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abysmal
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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2005, 09:58:07 PM »

Thanks.
I am beginning to get a feel for whats going on out there in the rest of the CAP world.
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2LT Christopher M. Parrett
Deputy Commander of Cadets, Cadet Programs Officer
London Bridge Composite Squadron 501
SWR-AZ-112,  Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2005, 11:46:51 PM »

Quote from: Abyss
Question:

1.
What are your normal weekly meeting times?

1900 to 2100.  For staff, most of us drift in anywhere between 1730 to the meeting time (except our awesome CDC who comes at like, 1600).  Staff usually stays up to an hour afterwards.

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2.
how much extra time per week to you spend on CAP?

When we were preparing for NCGC, probably about 30 hrs.  Currently, I'm not attending meetings because I'm going to EMT school which conflicts with meeting times, and I'm spending about two hours or so a week working stuff.

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3.
How far do you travel to your meeting?

A little less than a mile.   ;D

(used to be exactly a half-mile, but we switched airports)
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C/Maj Greg(ory) Boyajian, CAP
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abysmal
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« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2005, 11:12:04 AM »

Thanks.
The format on this board is SOOO much easier to read than over on Cadet Stuff..
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2LT Christopher M. Parrett
Deputy Commander of Cadets, Cadet Programs Officer
London Bridge Composite Squadron 501
SWR-AZ-112,  Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2005, 11:31:22 AM »

Quote from: abysmal
1. What are your normal weekly meeting times?
Thursday from 1830-2030

Quote from: abysmal
2. How much extra time per week to you spend on CAP?
Including shopping?  6 extra hours for CG training.

Quote from: abysmal
3. How far do you travel to your meeting?
About 15 minutes across town.

I think that's it.

-Steven
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Major_Chuck
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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2005, 11:39:06 AM »

1.  Monday's 7-9

2.  How many hours in the week are there???   ???  Roughly spend 10 to 12 hours/week.

3.  15 minutes.



Question:

1.
What are your normal weekly meeting times?

2.
how much extra time per week to you spend on CAP?

3.
How far do you travel to your meeting?

Sounds like you've got some attitudes.  Unfortunately you'll never make everyone happy.


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We are currently meeting from 7:00-9:00pm on Monday nights.
Last week I asked all of the Cadets if they would be willing to change the meeting time from 7:00 to 6:30 so we could squeeze in another 30 mintues of BADLY needed time. Much to my surprise 26 of 29 said NO, not interested... I was surprised to say the least.

2ndly they complain ALOT about having to drive out to the meeting location at the city Airport. I would guess the average distance is a whopping 10 mile drive. Doesn't seem like much to me, but there is much complaining about the distance.
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Chuck Cranford
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abysmal
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« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2005, 11:57:30 AM »

thanks guys.
Still trying to build a consensus of what most squadrons and CAPers are doing.
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2LT Christopher M. Parrett
Deputy Commander of Cadets, Cadet Programs Officer
London Bridge Composite Squadron 501
SWR-AZ-112,  Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Horn229
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« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2005, 12:39:03 PM »

1. 7pm - 9pm

2. Anywhere from 0-5+ hours. Use to be double-triple that, but now I'm in a different squadron, with a different position. :)

3. About 20 or so miles, should take me about 30minutes with traffic/speed limits, I usually have it down to 20-25 minutes though. ;D


10 mile drive and their complaining? I know people who drive 1.5hrs to their squadron meeting every week.

Now that I think about it, when I factor in ES stuff altogether, at least another 5 hours for it, (planning SAREX's and finding mission sites, along with people to set up those mission sites (that is I'm the GBD)). I'm getting ready to start a GT training 'course for my squadron to get them all up to GTM level 1 over the course of the next 6 months- the end of the year (need the mission numbers), so that'll be adding in at least another 5 hours to plan out the class outlines and get supplies/set up practical exams.

So now for #2 it's gonna be changing to like 10-15hrs a week.
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NICHOLAS A. HORN, Senior Member, CAP
abysmal
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« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2005, 03:17:35 PM »

Maybe its better NOT to pay too much attention to just how much time we all invest in CAP.
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Deputy Commander of Cadets, Cadet Programs Officer
London Bridge Composite Squadron 501
SWR-AZ-112,  Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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