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 on: Yesterday at 03:01:27 PM 
Started by blombardo - Last post by Eclipse
You're simply showing the same challenges the majority of CAP units have, along
with the same mistakes they make.

Officers don't belong on color guards.

Senior members, on the whole, should not be shouldering expenses for cadets who are not their children.

If those cadets want / need the boards, then the expense is on them.  Covering these types of costs
generally instills an inappropriate level of "ownership" of situations, which can manifest itself negatively
when decisions have to be made that don't agree with the "banker's" ideas.

You indicate you want to get the management house in order, then one of the first things to do is adhere to
the precepts of the program - namely, staff your color guards appropriately, which then solves your issue
about the service coats.

 on: Yesterday at 02:14:50 PM 
Started by blombardo - Last post by arajca
On the topic of cadet shoulder boards and cost. Other units probably paid the full amount for them and would not be willing to give you a discount that would end up costing them money.

 on: Yesterday at 01:43:45 PM 
Started by blombardo - Last post by blombardo
We have 15 cadets of which 6 to 10 actively show up each week; two have not made curry yet, three of them have recently earned their first rank and do not even have blues yet; our inventory is tiny and our budget is minuscule.

We have 10 senior members of which 3 actively show up each week. (the others are working full time, in college or deployed so they only attend once each quarter at best)

Our recruitment efforts - with having such limited staff - are not sufficient and we are lucky to get 2 guests per month checking us out. 

Aka - the struggles of a tiny squadron that doesn't have enough support to do everything.  We focus on the important things and try to do them well.

Our squadron sometimes relies on the support of other squadrons around us to staff community events - including color guard activities.

I don't want to take this off topic; I'm just finishing the act of shoring up all of our senior level duty requirements including logistics and inventory so that I will be able to reapply my efforts to recruitment.

Must have our program in order from the management side before I seek to bring more people in.

That said - our squadron performs admirably in the community - our cadets generally want for nothing *these shoulder boards being an exception) and we cover all the required aspects of the program and go above and beyond with activities ...

/back on topic -- anyone with inventory solutions please offer me your suggestions.

I'm actually organizing a conversation in my wing to start using a Software solution for Expendable inventory that would solve our squadons problems; and improve things across the board for others as well.

Any of you that are curious feel free to click here for a survey:


and Here for the results and planning Sheet :


 on: Yesterday at 10:34:17 AM 
Started by blombardo - Last post by PHall
Why do you have cadet officers on your color guard? That's a position for Cadet Airmen and NCO's.
By the time one of your color guard members makes C/CMSgt they need to be actively training their replacement.

 on: Yesterday at 10:34:13 AM 
Started by Hawk200 - Last post by Chappie
I swear, I had no active influence on that behaviour.  :angel:

I can attest that SarDragon did not have an active influence on the beardís return .... but the same cannot be said of my wife of the past 46 years 😉. It is safe to say that she exerts a bit more influence 🤣

 on: Yesterday at 10:16:50 AM 
Started by Darknight87 - Last post by Tim Day
You can submit a waiver request through your chain of command. In the request I put together for one of my members, I cited (and attached) the excerpt from the Air Force regulations. I requested a waiver for both corporate and USAF-style uniforms. The corporate waiver came through much faster since it can be approved by CAP/CC; the USAF-style waiver had to go to CAP-USAF. However, both were eventually approved.

EMT-83 is correct in that there is no requirement for CAP to allow people with tattoos on their arms to wear short-sleeve uniforms (corporate or USAF-style). However, the leadership seems to be amenable to granting waivers.

I also brief the member that if questioned, they need to be ready with a courteous response indicating that they have been granted a waiver which is on file with the command. I would like them to be able to commend those who respectfully provide feedback on proper uniform wear including compliance with CAPM 39-1 tattoo restrictions.

 on: Yesterday at 10:10:43 AM 
Started by Darknight87 - Last post by Luis R. Ramos
Until CAP issues new regulations, CAP will care. However, your squadron commander may be lax, not enforcing regulations as he should, or he may not. Hopefully he will follow regulations. If he does not, do not be surprised when someone else mentions them!

 on: Yesterday at 10:10:24 AM 
Started by Darknight87 - Last post by Darknight87
I'm thinking about joining my local cap unit and I realized they are at a small airport right outside town. Does that mean I could get more flight time in that unit or is every unit operate the same way I'm tens of having a hard time to find a pilot

 on: Yesterday at 10:06:11 AM 
Started by Darknight87 - Last post by Darknight87
I don't follow... My question is will it be a problem now that the air force don't care

 on: Yesterday at 09:00:14 AM 
Started by Darknight87 - Last post by EMT-83
Discrimination? I'm not aware that having a tattoo makes you a member of a Protected Class.

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