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 on: Today at 05:48:19 AM 
Started by kcebnaes - Last post by lordmonar
We find them the same place where we find all CAP members.

As for turning an off the street person into and NCO....sure we can.  We are working on that right now with the NCO specific PD courses. 

As for any change from today's reality.....you are right.  It is still some non-veteran wearing a uniform and a rank that he/she did not "earn" in the military doing the good work that CAP members do today. 

 on: Today at 04:45:39 AM 
Started by Castle Bravo - Last post by Mustang
The requirement to conform to AF heraldry standards applies to all new designs and is in the current 39-1.  The national volunteer leadership has been pushing wings to get compliant redesigns  done.

 on: Today at 02:29:11 AM 
Started by kcebnaes - Last post by Mitchell 1969

Believe it or not....we actually like your feed back...and we are taking it into consideration.    But other then the standard "I don't see the need" mantra repeated over and over again.....I have not seen any new arguments of why we should NOT have an NCO corps.

Let's say for a second that a need is seen. Let's also say that I don't try to make an argument as to WHY CAP should not have an NCO corps.

Instead, what if I say that I don't see HOW there can be a CAP NCO corps as I have heard some of the. visionaries describe it?

The vision that Ned described a few posts earlier sounds great. But where is the spigot which sends forth  those NCOs?

CAP already has a means for them to join. But, crank up the recruitment effort,  maybe bring in a few more. Then what? How many military NCOs have a burning desire to mentor cadets? We can say that they have skills and experience, but, desire and interest? What if they want to fly and aren't particularly interested in cadets? Or, what if they are experienced MTIs/Drill sergeants etc. What makes us think they want to volunteer to do for free what they get paid (or used to get paid) to do? Or, what if their NCO career was spent in fiscal operations? How many NCOs does CAP  need at a Squadron or group to process reimbursement forms?

The vision, with 1-2 NCOs per unit, plus people at higher HAs, plus turnover, calls for thousands of military NCOS. The reality will be more like hundreds. If it is opened to people without military NCO experience, then slots could certainly be filled and CAP could say "Look, NCOs in every unit, leadership, mentors, backbone, stripes ...," but they won't really be the NCOs as envisioned, will they? Because there will be no way to turn an off-the-street volunteer into an experienced  NCO mentor backed by 12-20-30 years of military NCO experience and wisdom. The end result will be a CAP volunteer with stripes. That is t to say that person has no worth, but it doesn't give any change from today's reality.

So, not asking what's the point, I'm asking how can it actually be delivered? Where will CAP find all of the NCOs, real NCOs,  weder to staff units with the real NCOs that are in the vision?

 on: Today at 01:54:31 AM 
Started by kcebnaes - Last post by lordmonar
For everyone saying the NCO program brings nothing to the organization, you're a bit premature. We don't know if the program will solve any problems or create more. Because we Don't know what they program is yet.  National has a working group headed by Chief Eldridge, the CAP Command Chief, and I have every confidence they are working on it to bring something positive to CAP.

It's been 4 YEARS

How much more time is needed to decide what the program will be? I've said it before, but very soon, the THIRD National Commander will have this on their desk. Saying "they are working on it", isn't very promising.
So?  We are working on it.  We got lots and lots of changes approved and ready to roll out to the rank and file.   Most of them are jammed up in the regulation re-writes.   How long has that been going on?   CAP is slow.   It always has been.   Nothing new here and it is not about to change.

Bottom line is......We are moving forward on the CAP NCO program.   Information will be provided when it is appropriate.

Believe it or not....we actually like your feed back...and we are taking it into consideration.    But other then the standard "I don't see the need" mantra repeated over and over again.....I have not seen any new arguments of why we should NOT have an NCO corps.

That it is taking so long is very frustrating.   Believe me we on the NCO committee feel your pain.  But CAP is what it is and we have wait for the gear to move at their own pace.

 on: Yesterday at 11:14:56 PM 
Started by FalconHatTrick - Last post by Nick
We’ve had varying success with the CP tools and have ended up building our own for CDTA that uses the AWS platform.

In addition to what TAMUCC offers (I haven’t had a chance to play with theirs), take a look at https://opencyberchallenge.net.

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 on: Yesterday at 10:40:56 PM 
Started by FalconHatTrick - Last post by FalconHatTrick
Has anyone built their own image? I'm looking to create a basic image with basic vulnerabilities to help with practice for my teams on how to work on an image. I would also like for it to function as a pre/post test.  Ideally it would follow something similar to what CyberPatriot has published in the past for the introductory rounds that come with the Answer Key. 

Before I embark on trying to create my own, I was wondering if anyone has one created with an answer key? Also has anyone tried building their own image with the Texas A&M Scoring engine and could offer some advice?

 on: Yesterday at 10:31:53 PM 
Started by MSG Mac - Last post by SouthernCross
Well... since I'll be going to SA, I may have to find him and corner him to get the story out....lol

 on: Yesterday at 08:50:37 PM 
Started by ♠SARKID♠ - Last post by ♠SARKID♠
 Accommodations are all taken care of. We're stealing her parents unused timeshare points  ;D

Operation Starbucks Shaman is a go. Solid plan.

 on: Yesterday at 08:50:18 PM 
Started by kcebnaes - Last post by abdsp51
We really need to quit comparing apples to oranges and bananas.  At the end of the day we have an NCO program that there is no clear cut job descriptions or even real expectations of what a CAP NCO is suppose to do.  The more these threads appear the more I shake my head.  Honestly NHQ needs to better define this with legit and realistic expectations and duty descriptions, then we can talk about the differences etc. And really lets can all this talk about strategic, tactical leadership etc and get something defined before the chest thumping starts.

Questions I have posed that still remain unanswered:

What is the purpose of this?  (make CAP better or what other drivel doesn't cut it)

What can a "CAP NCO" do that is currently not being done by CAP officers especially those officers who are NCOs?

In the end run I see this as a product of the good idea fairy that was has been poorly executed and your end result is the lack of buy in and support. 

 on: Yesterday at 08:37:00 PM 
Started by ♠SARKID♠ - Last post by Eclipse
If you don't find a benevolent host, I hope your car has good reclining seats, there's no way
you're going to find anything in a decent hotel anywhere along the totality.

#1 & #2 sons are going with mom and the scouts down "South of where people are supposed to live" to see it.

Me? I'm going to go downstairs to the Starbucks, order the most expensive drink I can, and then
threaten to block out the sun unless they give it to me for free.

Pretty sure that's a solid plan.

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