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 91 
 on: August 19, 2018, 12:24:10 PM 
Started by airplanes_fly - Last post by airplanes_fly
Hello everyone,
  I am a recent graduate out of mawg encampment already looking towards her future NCSAs, and the one that interested me the most was PJOC. Now, I know I'm not supposed to actually have a lot of information about PJOC because it's a "surprise" kind of experience but i figured I'd try my luck anyway. Most of what I've heard so far about PJOC is that they workout a lot and sometimes jump out of planes, but I think there might be a little bit more to it than that so I came here to ask what sort of things would happen on a day at PJOC, like:
   Do they drill?
   Do they have to go through room inspections?
   Do they actually jump out of planes?
   What are the requirements to pass the initial/final PT tests?
   How Much survival training is there vs. Pararescue training?
   What percentage of their day would be spent working out? (I've been told 6 hours so..)
   Do you have personal/social time?
   Is it the scream-in-your-face kind of training?
   What are the PJOC challenges most associated with being a girl? (Would I have to work harder to make it than the boys?)

And these are just of the top of my head, so if anyone can answer any questions feel free to respond or shoot me an e-mail, thank you all !!

 92 
 on: August 19, 2018, 10:21:42 AM 
Started by DocJekyll - Last post by arajca
Interestingly, brassards are not authorized with CAP uniforms, as they are not mentioned in CAPM 39-1. The only position identifiers listed are the Commander badge and Cadet First Sergeant  diamond.

True, but that's easily changed. I'm not talking about something like what Eclipse shared, I think those are definitely on the "loud" side.

https://www.vanguardmil.com/products/army-patch-cbrn-letters-embroidered-on-ocp

Thinking something like that, just in a non subdued color that's not extreme.  It's basically a patch that goes on the upper left arm.
Can it be changed? Sure. Easily? I'm not so sure, given how long these things take.

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good heavens... can the goofy/pluto patch just be retired already?  i don't tend to be very picky about the clothing CAP wears (like many people i'm much more focused on utility & job performance)... but that patch is one of the least professional looking things on the CAP uniform.

It's got history, but in the interest of moving forward, may be it's not such a bad idea to let it go. Apparently, there is more aversion to it than I'm aware of. Not to mention, it's just one less thing to worry about. Don't have to worry about where it goes if you eliminate it.
Well, a couple years ago I submitted a proposal for an ES qualification badge. Three levels based on where each qualification was on the ICS chart. Included was verbage that the member could wear the ES qualification badge or the ES patch, but not both. Nothing has been heard since.

 93 
 on: August 19, 2018, 08:15:01 AM 
Started by RiChArD7032 - Last post by Hawk200
Lead from the front. That means stay in front, don't be turning around to do their jobs (unless they ask for help.)

A commander maintains the unit, they don't revamp it.

Be open to discussion. I wanted someone as a deputy that had some different views on things. I figured that if we agree on things, we're either doing the right thing, or about to do something very wrong. Analyze accordingly.

When you take the job, make sure you are kept informed on what events/activities/happenings occur when you're not there. There should never be any kind of event that you're not aware of. This isn't micromanaging, you are responsible for things your unit does.

Maintain yourself. Work on your own professional development, even while you're a commander. You benefit yourself, and set an example.

 94 
 on: August 19, 2018, 07:56:11 AM 
Started by Hawk200 - Last post by Hawk200
we have  two 206s, a GA8, and two 182s at GF east

Nice. That'll keep you busy.

 95 
 on: August 19, 2018, 07:52:14 AM 
Started by DocJekyll - Last post by Hawk200

Not to look like I'm whining about it, (although it will look like it anyway,) but I don't think it's out of line to think that the Army needs to outfit everyone first. I'm still wearing the digital, and there are a handful of people in the battalion that don't have enough pieces to wear a complete uniform.

I remember watching the VP's address to the troops in the sandbox on Thanksgiving, and wondering how there were airmen wearing OCPs when I still can't get them yet.

 ::)

How dare the Air Force not subjugate themselves to the Army for the first time in forever?  Get over yourself. 

The people that need them, get them.  Both branches are on two different timelines for transitioning.

Not sure why you think that kind of response is appropriate.

The Army created the uniform, the Air Force decided to adopt the Army uniform later. It's pretty reasonable that soldiers should be outfitted first. The late comers should have to wait.

Interestingly, brassards are not authorized with CAP uniforms, as they are not mentioned in CAPM 39-1. The only position identifiers listed are the Commander badge and Cadet First Sergeant  diamond.

True, but that's easily changed. I'm not talking about something like what Eclipse shared, I think those are definitely on the "loud" side.

https://www.vanguardmil.com/products/army-patch-cbrn-letters-embroidered-on-ocp

Thinking something like that, just in a non subdued color that's not extreme.  It's basically a patch that goes on the upper left arm.

good heavens... can the goofy/pluto patch just be retired already?  i don't tend to be very picky about the clothing CAP wears (like many people i'm much more focused on utility & job performance)... but that patch is one of the least professional looking things on the CAP uniform.

It's got history, but in the interest of moving forward, may be it's not such a bad idea to let it go. Apparently, there is more aversion to it than I'm aware of. Not to mention, it's just one less thing to worry about. Don't have to worry about where it goes if you eliminate it.

 96 
 on: August 19, 2018, 01:25:43 AM 
Started by MBDVIII - Last post by SarDragon
Short answer - NO.
Q asked; Q answered.
Click.

 97 
 on: August 18, 2018, 10:17:12 PM 
Started by RiChArD7032 - Last post by Shawn W.
As an aspiring Squadron Commander, there is a lot of helpful tips here. As I prepare for Command, I also have a few things that so far have been helping me grow and understand:

1. The Commander asked me if I would be his Deputy for Seniors. I accepted. I had a sit down with the Commander following my acceptance and told him up front that I planned on being our unit's next Commander. That said, I asked the commander to give me permissions in eservices that I may not have necessarily had as the CDS. This allows me to search and explores eservices (carefully) from a Commander's perspective. I have a better understanding today of the command module and what the Commander sees.

2. Do your homework and get into the regs. If this sounds like a monotonous task; thatís because it is, but you will thank yourself later.

3. Ask questions. I donít know what kind of network you have; I am blessed and fortunate to know members that have held some positions that are pretty high up in the Wing perspective. I pick their brain frequently and they are happy to answer my questions. If you have connections like this, use it.

4. Lately I have been referencing and revisiting Professional Development Classes that I have had throughout my history in CAP. Again this is something that is working for me.. YMMV.

5. Someone mentioned this earlier. Be sure you bring on good support. Having good Deputy Commanders and staff really makes a difference. I know in some Squadrons you may not have many choices, so pick from the best and put them in key roles.

6. Again with communication. I know this was brought up, but it is imperative.  Donít just limit communication to emails and maybe occasional phone calls when needed. (I am speaking from the Senior side strictly now.) With my Squadron Senior Members, I use email, phone calls, texting, FB messenger depending on the member and what the topic is (use good judgement). I also make it a point to sit down face to face with Senior Members.

7. Give your people purpose. There is nothing worse in a volunteer organization than a person who feels about as useless as a screen door on a submarine.
8. Listen to what your people are telling you but also make sure you take a moment to research so that you can make good informed decisions.

9. Trust but verify.

10. Donít micromanage.

 98 
 on: August 18, 2018, 07:26:52 PM 
Started by MBDVIII - Last post by Eclipse
That rule is literally quoted in the OP.


 99 
 on: August 18, 2018, 07:09:12 PM 
Started by francisderosa16 - Last post by lordmonar
The practical reality is that he is probably a contractor and probably a retired Lt Col.
Most definitely no!

He was a  DOD Civilian.   Contractors are not allowed to wear DOD Civilian Name Tapes and are almost never given rank equivalence.

He was most likely a GS-14 with "command" authority.....which is rare....but does happen.   When stationed in Japan I was in a Joint Billet....the Director of the Operations Center I worked was a GS-15 who had operational control over the military personnel assigned to her Ops Center so she had O-6 equivalence. 

I see a lot of DOD/DAF/DA Civilians down range.....I never saw one wearing rank insignia......but it can happen.


 100 
 on: August 18, 2018, 06:50:19 PM 
Started by MBDVIII - Last post by Luis R. Ramos
I have only seen that rule regarding uniforms. Have not seen any other rule about non-participation at other events.

If there is any such rule, comments made by Dark enter into play and make CAP's stand against earrings harder to defend than if it is only while in uniform.


From 39-1 3.2.7. Body Piercing/Ornamentation. With the exception of earrings for women (see paragraphs 6.3.1.1), all members are prohibited from attaching, affixing, or displaying objects, articles, jewelry or ornamentation to or through the ear, nose, tongue, eye brows, lips, or any exposed body part visible while in uniform.


Therefore, out of uniform one can do as one pleases.

Edited to add: I stand corrected. CAPM 39-1 Sect. 3.3.5 prohibits males from wearing earrings even out of uniform, be it USAF or Corporate. That is, not even in civies at any CAP function.





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