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 on: Yesterday at 09:11:49 PM 
Started by Hawk200 - Last post by arajca
I'll bite. I had an idea recently based on a new trinket I was given at work. All of us who have served in the military were given an American flag citation bar (like an enamel ribbon) with our service and veteran on it. For instance, mine has USMC Veteran.
I think some sort of CAP ribbon for members who have served in the military should be available, one that they can wear on corporate uniforms or in lieu of wearing military ribbons on USAF style uniforms. My idea would be for a new ribbon design, not service specific. Call it the CAP Military Service Award or something like that. It would greatly reduce the amount of clutter for many of us (with my CAP and mil ribbons together I have 19 as a 2ndLt) and provide a little something to recognize the service of our members who wear corporate uniforms. Thoughts?

Designed, written, discussed on CAPTalk, sent up. Went into some unknown blackhole.

See discussion starting here: http://captalk.net/index.php?topic=7421.60

 12 
 on: Yesterday at 08:06:11 PM 
Started by Hawk200 - Last post by HandsomeWalt_USMC
I'll bite. I had an idea recently based on a new trinket I was given at work. All of us who have served in the military were given an American flag citation bar (like an enamel ribbon) with our service and veteran on it. For instance, mine has USMC Veteran.
I think some sort of CAP ribbon for members who have served in the military should be available, one that they can wear on corporate uniforms or in lieu of wearing military ribbons on USAF style uniforms. My idea would be for a new ribbon design, not service specific. Call it the CAP Military Service Award or something like that. It would greatly reduce the amount of clutter for many of us (with my CAP and mil ribbons together I have 19 as a 2ndLt) and provide a little something to recognize the service of our members who wear corporate uniforms. Thoughts?

 13 
 on: Yesterday at 07:01:09 PM 
Started by Hawk200 - Last post by Hawk200
Today, we had a very long meeting concerning resilience. NJ Guard lost five people in the last thirty days, two were suicides.

There's plenty of resources out there. Some people were probably unaware of them.

Some people just didn't know what to do if they're faced with an individual that is considering suicide.

What do we have to help people in crisis? Obviously, we're not military with the resources available.

If we have a member facing a crisis, what can we do? Gotta be something.

 14 
 on: Yesterday at 06:54:31 PM 
Started by Hawk200 - Last post by Hawk200
Wasn't really looking to create any heated discussion, just wondering what people would like to see done for our uniforms. So far, nothing really concrete.

Looking for the ideas. What would you change? Add? Remove?

CAP is probably always going to have a couple different uniform categories (by which, I mean those meeting weight/grooming standards, and those who don't).

When it comes to uniforms, what are people interested in seeing done? If you've already posted, I know your thoughts, I'll add them to list that I consolidate. Anything else? Hard to believe that there isn't a patch, or a badge, or a uniform, or modifications that people wouldn't want to see.

 15 
 on: Yesterday at 06:27:10 PM 
Started by Live2Learn - Last post by Eclipse
Young people I've talked to think it's foolish to go towards being a pilot as a career with how rapidly technology is coming along.

If that was the case, colleges wouldn't be full of student pilots.

I would hazard this is an anomaly caused by the previous cycle of treating new pilots poorly in the '90s and
early 2000s which made being a pilot a poor career choice then.  It is made worse by the fact that, due to the above,
the generation of pilots who should now be experienced and moving to instruct, literally doesn't exist, resulting in a
serious lack of CFI's in the commercial space, especially.

It's a good time now to be a pilot due to the shortages caused by the industry practices mentioned above,
and the reduction of GA airports and flying generally, but this shortage will be short-lived.  I'm going to give it
10 or so years, which by then will see most of the issues of autonomous flying and driving worked out technically,
and leaving little but the legal side to deal with.

This is akin to the explosion of big-bog retailers in the 90's.  New tech opened sales markets for devices that
never existed, and then over the course of about 20 year that same tech killed retail.

Same thing is going to happen with aviation - barring an unforeseen setback, the next 5-10 years will
see full employment for all the pilots that the flight schools can make.

But 20-30 year typical careers?  Nope.

By that time, just like truck drivers, the few lucky enough to still be in the cockpit will be mandated "safety" pilots
there only in the rare occurrence that Skynet can't do its job. And every time a UAV can do the job of a traditional
pilot, whether it's crop dusting, aerial survey's, small cargo transport, movie filming, etc., that's one more out of work.
It'll trickle unseen that way as well.

Also, the $50k or so that the GAO says it cost these days to get a commercial license isn't going to help either.

 16 
 on: Yesterday at 06:18:51 PM 
Started by Darknight87 - Last post by Eclipse
There are dozens and dozens, probably a multitude, of CAP squadrons who meet at or near an
airport that have neither an aircraft nor active pilots.

There are also a lot who are at airports with CAP planes, but still have no pilots, and then there
are lots who have pilots, a plane(s), but the aircraft(s) aren't the type rating you would be able to fly.

As said, the only way to find out is visit and ask them.

The majority of CAP is "local", with little consistency between units or even wings other then
the basic framework of the program.

 17 
 on: Yesterday at 06:08:03 PM 
Started by Live2Learn - Last post by TheSkyHornet
Young people I've talked to think it's foolish to go towards being a pilot as a career with how rapidly technology is coming along.

If that was the case, colleges wouldn't be full of student pilots.

 18 
 on: Yesterday at 06:05:32 PM 
Started by Darknight87 - Last post by TheSkyHornet
On that note, are you looking to contribute to a lot of ES flying, or are you looking for the most time you can get behind the yoke, period?

 19 
 on: Yesterday at 05:49:27 PM 
Started by Darknight87 - Last post by Briank
You'll have to go out there and meet them and find out...  Every unit is different and the meeting location is not a strong indicator of flight time.

 20 
 on: Yesterday at 03:08:43 PM 
Started by blombardo - Last post by Eclipse
Tangential to this - the fact that cadets can't just wear the cadet epaulet sleeves on service coats is ridiculous
and a wholly unnecessary expense which conflicts with the rhetoric from NHQ about keeping costs for members,
especially cadets, down.

One could certainly ask the question as to why CAP needs custom items when there are any number of other
cadet organizations. including the USAFA that have perfectly acceptable similar items.

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