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 21 
 on: Today at 01:04:00 PM 
Started by SAREXinNY - Last post by EMT-83
Shortfall:
There is no option to enter TLC. Probably because the last rev of the original (paper) Form 11 did not have an option to circle for the Training Leaders of Cadets course (which now has/will have a basic, intermediate, and advanced set of sessions).

TLC belongs to Cadet Programs, not Professional Development. Form 11 has never been applicable for TLC.

 22 
 on: Today at 01:03:15 PM 
Started by deepblue1947 - Last post by Cicero

The absolute worst thing you can do, especially with seniors, is to recruit a bunch of warm bodies without a corresponding organizational need and a roadmap for their training. Sit down with your squadron commander, deputy commander and probably the PDO and look at what the squadron needs first.


Is there an 'ideal' squadron size? We have 37 seniors, with about 25 that show up to each meeting. From what I can see most every position is filled and with backup assistants. We have 5 (or more) MPs, so the plane is kept very busy and always exceeds the hobbs goals. Yes, I would like to see our Squadron double in size, but we would be recruiting for assistants to the assistants. Its hard to walk up to someone and be able to say 'we need your help' or 'we have the perfect spot for you'.

Any ideas GREATLY appreciated.
My first thought is "good job!" My second is succession planning, getting understudies in place and then (maybe) helping senior folks go "upstream" to group / wing / region slots.

 23 
 on: Today at 12:58:53 PM 
Started by therealfirstsergeant - Last post by kwe1009
The extra tasks that it takes to get R3 are not that difficult (some PT, tie a few knots, 2 mile hike).  I'm not sure how completing these makes a person more qualified to do a ground mission.  I'm not knocking the Ranger program and I am a CAP Ranger myself but I don't see a huge value when it comes to real missions.  I have only been part of 3 actual missions and it seemed like the non-Rangers performed better than the Rangers. 

 24 
 on: Today at 12:58:22 PM 
Started by SAREXinNY - Last post by Spam
Ah. My apologies, then (didn't know that).

Well, its at least an option for Wings to help speed up the data entry for (most) PD events.

If NHQ/IT ever sees this, suggest putting TLC on that menu as a software change request to go onto the "Proposed IT Project List" at https://www.capnhq.gov/CAP.SteeringCommittee.Web/SCRRankings/Index. (Details on that list at: https://www.capnhq.gov/news/Documents/SCR_Project_List_Explanation.pdf).


V/r
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 25 
 on: Today at 12:41:35 PM 
Started by SAREXinNY - Last post by jeders
Drill down from "Professional Development" to "Form 11" and you'll get this page:  https://www.capnhq.gov/CAP.Form11.Web/Form11

Shortfall:
There is no option to enter TLC. Probably because the last rev of the original (paper) Form 11 did not have an option to circle for the Training Leaders of Cadets course (which now has/will have a basic, intermediate, and advanced set of sessions).

I noticed this last week when I was trying to enter data for a TLC which I conducted on 2DEC. Had to send the paper copy to the boss for signature since the old "Wing/CC sign/fax it in" method is the only one remaining there.


R/s
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That must be a restricted app because I don't have the ability to access it as a SQ CC.

 26 
 on: Today at 12:33:56 PM 
Started by deepblue1947 - Last post by etodd

The absolute worst thing you can do, especially with seniors, is to recruit a bunch of warm bodies without a corresponding organizational need and a roadmap for their training. Sit down with your squadron commander, deputy commander and probably the PDO and look at what the squadron needs first.


Is there an 'ideal' squadron size? We have 37 seniors, with about 25 that show up to each meeting. From what I can see most every position is filled and with backup assistants. We have 5 (or more) MPs, so the plane is kept very busy and always exceeds the hobbs goals. Yes, I would like to see our Squadron double in size, but we would be recruiting for assistants to the assistants. Its hard to walk up to someone and be able to say 'we need your help' or 'we have the perfect spot for you'.

Any ideas GREATLY appreciated.

 27 
 on: Today at 12:31:54 PM 
Started by therealfirstsergeant - Last post by Spam
That's quite an opening shot at the rest of the world, isn't it.


As an experienced GBD and former MC/IC, I would want to review your mastery of CAP ground ops, to question where you got your assumption that rated GTMs are so rated on the basis of sitting in an air conditioned room for "a few minutes repeating material".

If you truly are as much of a high speed GTL as you seem to think you are, then you'll realize on reflection that you've painted a very dismissive and inaccurate picture of the national process of verifying not just knowledge based but performance based compliance to Task/Condition/Standard, and with a very broad and nasty brush stroke, at that. No GTM may be rated without field skills demonstration, despite your impressions to the contrary.

"Elitist", indeed! And you wonder where the lack of respect is bred? In comments like yours.


- Spam


 28 
 on: Today at 12:12:44 PM 
Started by deepblue1947 - Last post by Cicero
"Agreed. So have a set of templates. The new Cadet Flight, the new Cadet Squadron, the new Senior and the new Composite."

Then the same categories but growing instead of new, losing members instead of growth, growing from large to very large.

A total of sixteen templates to cover the most common issues. It is way, WAY easier to imitate, copy and edit than it is to create de novo. And while the squadron truly is the "heart" of Civil Air Patrol, we are much more than any one squadron.

 29 
 on: Today at 12:10:16 PM 
Started by therealfirstsergeant - Last post by therealfirstsergeant
I understand there's a lot of disrespect for CAP Rangers and Hawk Mountain in general. I get it. I've received the full blast of elitist Ranger Staff when I attended Summer Hawk. Hear me out on this one.

As a Ground Team Leader, with a quick glance I would personally take someone with a Ranger Tape over a Ground Team badge. I would do this simply because I know the cadet or senior with the Ranger Tape has been through very tough training whereas a Ground Team Member may have sat in an AC room for a few minutes repeating material just to get the rating. Ground Team training exercises vary greatly in strictness, difficulty, realism, etc. "Ranger Sanctioned" activities have very high standards and especially for something like Summer Hawk is very mentally demanding as well. I know for a fact a cadet or senior with a Ranger Tape has proved that he or she can function in high stress situations.

Yes, it can lead to an elitist attitude. But it is the job of a leader to get rid of such an unhealthy attitude for the sake of said elitist cadet. All I am saying is that a CAP Ranger, despite the reputation of the Mountain, knows what he or she is doing. Someone with a GT badge may or may not know the material or may have gone through very easy training to get such a qualification.

Thanks for reading.

 

 30 
 on: Today at 12:06:24 PM 
Started by TheMeepMan - Last post by Spam
Some great off the cuff stuff above about remembering items.

Suggestions on logistics:
- several months out: save or earn money to pay for it yourself (self reliance: holiday/birthday money, mowing lawns, p/t job, etc.).
- 1 month out: print out the required packing checklist provided by your Encampment staff and start verifying what you need to get.
- 2 weeks out: take any new uniforms/insignia to your unit and get an inspection to help you look sharp/correct. Make sure you have all required forms completed and signed by parents/unit commander.
- 1 week out: launder/press/start laying out the items on your packing list in an out of the way part of the home, following the list. Make sure you have luggage ready and your driver knows where to go/when to report. .
- 1 day before: go pack your stuff, checking off each item on the list as you stow it. Don't add anything not on the list. Get a good night sleep.

Suggestions on academic/physical prep:
- Readiness to go:  encampment is not basic training. Your minimum is to have completed the Curry Achievement (hence, as a C/AMN you are not a "Basic", but a "Student" or "Trainee"). Completing the Curry at the last minute before going is usually a bad idea. Going to encampment with only a month or two in CAP is usually a bad idea. Make sure you've completely met the Curry requirements including full memorization of the Oath, uniform, etc.
- Work out and stay in shape (e.g. as evidenced by meeting the healthy fitness zone in the PT program). Being in shape helps you pivot successfully from activity to activity quickly without being a stress casualty.
- If you have a temporary or permanent disability, make sure that you're taking a physicians note detailing the specific limitations with you to be excused.
- Sleep is a blessed event; a few days ahead, start getting up early and cutting off the electronic devices and hitting the sack early.

There are more, I'm sure...

R/S
Spam





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