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 on: Today at 04:04:14 AM 
Started by mdickinson - Last post by FlyMe2TheMooneyBin
I'm not sure adding more layers and insulting those we rely on is the best approach.

+1

We are all retention officers. This goes doubly so for commanders.

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 on: Yesterday at 11:42:33 PM 
Started by Arc light - Last post by SarDragon
Q asked; Q answered.

The big kids are getting frisky; time to say bye-bye.

Click.

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 on: Yesterday at 11:32:23 PM 
Started by NIN - Last post by SarDragon
As one of the evil, draconian moderators, I have, in the past several weeks, received requests to reopen a couple of threads. I have done so, with the proviso that there be new content, worthy of the effort. The requestors have, for the most part, accomplished that.

The offer remains open. I, or another mod, will review the request, gather additional info as needed, and approve or deny. The easiest method is to simply report the post you want revived, and it will go to all the mods for action. Make a case for your request in the comments, and we'll give it a look.

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 on: Yesterday at 10:01:45 PM 
Started by mdickinson - Last post by A.Member
It's a razors edge...

I'll play the devil's advocate for a minute and argue, at least to some extent, in the other direction.  We have a huge challenge (understatement) in attracting and retaining qualified pilots.  This is due in large part to the unwieldy amount of b.s. and paperwork one has to endure to fly in this organization.  This latest message certainly doesn't move the needle in a meaningful direction in that respect.

Anecdotally, and related to the issue above, I see/hear a huge variance in the way pilots are evaluated, almost to the point of harassment during Form 5's.  I'm talking about CFI's that are having to complete 5 hour check rides and then being raked over the coals.  There are check pilots in our organization that very much let their role go to their head (aka God syndrome) and there is no real check an balance to the system.  They are every bit as much of the problem, especially when we consider that typically there are only a handful that control the funnel through which everyone must pass.  As opposed to evaluating and understanding a correct solution may have multiple approaches/styles, they attempt to impose only their approach with no possible deviation.  That's not OK.

I don't have the answer to this problem but to me it's probably very much related to the same type of scenario that prompts letters like this.  I'm not sure adding more layers and insulting those we rely on is the best approach.  If someone is going to put out a letter with the type of strong wording this one contains, it better be backed with a lot of supporting quantitative evidence. 

"Beatings will continue until moral improves"  :(


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 on: Yesterday at 08:06:53 PM 
Started by Arc light - Last post by Mitchell 1969
And that’s without going into the fact that they are called Distinctive Unit Insignia and are not crests at all, from a heraldic standpoint. (The “crest” is the thing that goes at the top of an armorial achievement. Often seen stop a “helm” (helmet) but can also be placed above a “torse” (the twisted rope-looking thing). In CAP, for example, the crest is the eagle on top of everything.

Bernie, I've known you for a long time. Next time I see you, I'm gonna try to kick you. :)

FTFY.

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 on: Yesterday at 07:59:12 PM 
Started by mdickinson - Last post by Live2Learn
Could it be that we might see some sort of 'suggestion' or stronger to not use the same FRO all of the time, for all of our flights?  That last line of (independent) review is kinda important.

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 on: Yesterday at 07:57:01 PM 
Started by Arc light - Last post by NIN
And that’s without going into the fact that they are called Distinctive Unit Insignia and are not crests at all, from a heraldic standpoint. (The “crest” is the thing that goes at the top of an armorial achievement. Often seen stop a “helm” (helmet) but can also be placed above a “torse” (the twisted rope-looking thing). In CAP, for example, the crest is the eagle on top of everything.

Bernie, I've known you for a long time. Next time I see you, I'm gonna kick you. :)


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 on: Yesterday at 07:55:49 PM 
Started by Arc light - Last post by Mitchell 1969
It matters from a heraldic standpoint that they're not technically crests, but the fact is that generations of Soldiers call them 'unit crests.' (Which in any event, are not authorized on CAP uniforms.)

Indeed. Which means that the moment to stop the practice was also generations ago. But, it isn’t just in the Army.


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 on: Yesterday at 07:40:14 PM 
Started by Arc light - Last post by Red 6
It matters from a heraldic standpoint that they're not technically crests, but the fact is that generations of Soldiers call them 'unit crests.' (Which in any event, are not authorized on CAP uniforms.)

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 on: Yesterday at 07:20:17 PM 
Started by Arc light - Last post by Mitchell 1969
I tried looking in 39-1, but could not find if we can wear our DUI on the cap uniform, I know we can wear military ribbons and badges, but could find specific insignia, thanks

Missed this the first time around.

Former soldier here. Short version: DUIs are not authorized on the AF uniform, and by extension, the CAP uniform.

The concept of a "unit crest" or "regimental affiliation" would make most "big Blue" folks heads asplode. :)

And that’s without going into the fact that they are called Distinctive Unit Insignia and are not crests at all, from a heraldic standpoint. (The “crest” is the thing that goes at the top of an armorial achievement. Often seen atop a “helm” (helmet) but can also be placed above a “torse” (the twisted rope-looking thing). In CAP, for example, the crest is the eagle on top of everything.


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