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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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 on: Today at 08:34:04 AM 
Started by FNelson - Last post by Panzerbjorn
PM me your email address and I'll pass it along to my son.  He went to PJOC last summer and graduated.  I emphasize graduated as you'll need a higher level of physical fitness to graduate vs participate.  I'm told that not everyone who participated actually graduated and can wear the patch.  I'll ask him to email you and give you information on how to physically prepare.  I can tell you with certainty is to start working on your pull-ups.

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 on: Today at 08:28:18 AM 
Started by jdp1161 - Last post by Panzerbjorn
I won't argue with the oversight comment, that kind of heads down the path of other concerns.  Also, spot on that it stem from the cadet commander himself.  His whole goal for being in CAP is to end up working for FEMA when he is done with school.  Everything he does he approaches from a SAR perspective.  It's working for him I guess, as he just got named to some FEMA youth program, I don't know of any other cadet that has an interest in it.

Thanks, all, for the insights.

This cadet is in for an eye-opener when he discovers FEMA is a checkbook, not a SAR organization.  This comes from working for FEMA full time for 8 years.

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 on: Today at 07:54:39 AM 
Started by etodd - Last post by LTC Don
This is a >great< read about DR from a community level and the various programs out there that have cropped up as a result of Harvey and Irma --

https://hotair.com/archives/2017/09/19/irma-update-rescue-workers-ground-around-world/    8)


No mention of CAP though.  < no surprise there.    :o

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 on: Today at 07:07:49 AM 
Started by NIN - Last post by dwb
I don't participate much here, for a variety of reasons. One big reason is the futility of the discussion.

Sort the user list by number of posts, and you'll see the problem. I can call out names, but I don't think I need to. This forum is absolutely dominated by the same 4-5 voices.

You few high-volume posters have ruined CAP Talk, because you post in every single thread, you're never wrong, and you never stop posting. This can't be a vibrant discussion with hundreds of people when the same 4-5 are shouting at the top of their lungs constantly. Somewhat frequent posters, casual posters, and lurkers all get sick of trying to contribute because they know they're going to face the unending flurry of replies from people who post 20+ times a day.

All this said, it's not that those 4-5 voices are bad people. I think this is what nearly every discussion board of this kind devolves in to. It's pretty much inevitable that you'll have a handful of long-time people who feel that they know best, the occasional drive-by conspiracy theorists, casuals and lurkers, etc.

I'm not convinced that the discussion board as a communication medium is even useful in 2017. If I owned the captalk.net domain, I would be tempted every single day to sinkhole it. Even with improvements to the software and moderation policies, I don't know that this place can be made into something radically different than what it is.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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 on: Today at 05:43:25 AM 
Started by NIN - Last post by Slim
I'll admit, proudly, to being one of those "you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy" crowd. Because, as I've always said, CAPTalk IS NOT an official part of CAP. And anything you gleam from there should be taken with a grain of salt.

That's the ultimate take away, nothing here is in any way officially connected to CAP. So why should it matter?

Thanks for being part of the problem.

In years past, NHQ used to read this and other CAP fora as a way of getting a feel for some of what goes on in the field.  They may have released a new draft regulation, then followed the fora to see what was being said, and what may have been wrong with that new reg.  I've seen new draft regs or policies come out, be discussed at length here and other places, and I've seen changes made to those drafts that were things that were discussed here, sometimes word for word. 

I've recruited people into my squadron from this site.  Several years ago, before things really started going downhill, a father who googled CAP stumbled across this site, and started asking questions.  Turns out that he and his his daughter lived about half a mile from where my unit met.  She ended up joining, had a successful career as a cadet, then went on to marry another cadet from the squadron the day after he graduated from the Air Force Academy. 

Imagine the picture that father might have of CAP if he did the same thing right now?  In an organization that is sometimes struggling for new members, imagine how many potential recruits could be coming here to get a feel of the organization, reading a few threads and walking away wanting nothing to do with us.  All because of a relatively low percentage of members who come here to use the cloak of anonymity to make the rest of the organization look bad.

Sure, CAP as a whole has problems.  So does Amazon, Google, Yahoo, Apple, IBM, your local McDonalds, and every other organization of any size.  But we don't need to be putting all of it out there for everyone to see. 

Also, FWIW, I do know of people who had the same thought about these unofficial fora who were not quite as anonymous as they thought, and found out that-officially connected or not-what they said and/or did here carried some real-world consequences back at the squadron.

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 on: Today at 01:24:46 AM 
Started by NIN - Last post by Gunsotsu
I'll admit, proudly, to being one of those "you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy" crowd. Because, as I've always said, CAPTalk IS NOT an official part of CAP. And anything you gleam from there should be taken with a grain of salt.

That's the ultimate take away, nothing here is in any way officially connected to CAP. So why should it matter?

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 on: Today at 12:31:21 AM 
Started by Mordecai - Last post by lordmonar
It is situational leadership.

Between the leader and the follower there should be clear communications about what and when something should be mastered.

Once a member get his technician rating.....well....he should be competent on the skills and knowledge listed in the specialty track for that level.

If it is a technician level task.....and he/she is a technician.....he should not be able to say "I was not trained on it or it was outside the scope of my certification".

As a supervisor.....there are no hard and fast rules on where to draw the line about when you should be dropping the hammer on someone for screwing up.
You should be providing feed back and counseling each and every time he/she screws up....and the whole point of progressive discipline is that you ramp up the "ass chewing" based on the situation.


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