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 11 
 on: Yesterday at 09:52:15 PM 
Started by Cadet Officer - Last post by Eclipse
I said that because honestly I was I spend at least two hours a day working on CAP stuff from home and on average two or more days a week doing in person work. I can tell that because I am the vice chair for CAC the Deputy commander for our encampment the assistant to the Cadet Program Cadet for the wing and the wing cadet PAO. Since we have no other Wing Cadet slots and I am in the second highest position in each I can tell and have been told by many Wing Directors

You are hyper-engaged, and should be commended for that.  Good on 'ye.

Being on the Wing CAC, or any other staff role, doesn't make you the #2 cadet in the wing. 
You might be oen of the more / most active and "around", that doesn't necessarily make you
and better (or worse) then any other cadet.

And honestly, it might be time to dial-back just a bit.  CAP is great, but it isn't the end-all / be all,
and I've seen plenty of cadets who do "everything" only to find that they missed a lot of
other things, or ticket-punched their way through the program, missing many lessons.

It's tired cliche, but for cadets it's supposed to be the journey.

 12 
 on: Yesterday at 09:48:36 PM 
Started by Cadet Officer - Last post by Cadet Officer
Once again wasn't using it as an excuse simply that I would allow cadets to come up and ask me something if they needed it while I was testing (Thus bettering them because they then knew how to deal with the situation)

That's arguably a Test Control violation, both for you taking the test (you deserve an uninterrupted place to take it),
and their potential to see test questions.

No one is saying you're "lazy", but one could certainly ask where the TCO was and why he would allow that to happen.
It wasn't a violation I was sitting at a desk with the computer facing me and they were on the other side of the computer. The Testing Officer was supervising and would answer some questions but in a squadron with a lot of new cadets and a lot of new senior members when were the only two people who really knew the answers its kinda hard to get that space.

 13 
 on: Yesterday at 09:45:47 PM 
Started by Cadet Officer - Last post by Cadet Officer
+1 the above, it's a common excuse cadets make to either not progress at all, or when they struggle
that they are "too busy helping others".  Mentoring is part of the equation, but as a cadet your primary
focus is supposed to be your own progression and growth, as you are perishable, and there are
senior members whose job it is to help struggling cadets.

I am the top cadet in my squadron and second in the wing.

How would you be able to judge you're the #2 cadet in your wing?

I said that because honestly I was I spend at least two hours a day working on CAP stuff from home and on average two or more days a week doing in person work.

 14 
 on: Yesterday at 09:43:18 PM 
Started by Cadet Officer - Last post by Eclipse
Once again wasn't using it as an excuse simply that I would allow cadets to come up and ask me something if they needed it while I was testing (Thus bettering them because they then knew how to deal with the situation)

That's arguably a Test Control violation, both for you taking the test (you deserve an uninterrupted place to take it),
and their potential to see test questions.

No one is saying you're "lazy", but one could certainly ask where the TCO was and why he would allow that to happen.

 15 
 on: Yesterday at 09:42:33 PM 
Started by cpyahoo - Last post by OldGuy
And yet some Wing LOs guard that turf zealously.
They have no turf to guard.  As Eclipse pointed out, it is the ES officers job to talk to local officials and there are almost no circumstances where any sort of official agreement is needed (and hasn't been for 10+ years).  Going to sit down with the sherrif and giving him the NOC's number is about all you need to do.
OK. But that is not the situation here.

 16 
 on: Yesterday at 09:39:55 PM 
Started by Cadet Officer - Last post by Cadet Officer
Learn and master the materiel instead of trying to game the system.
First time pass, all cadet tests here... back when they were not open book.
Step up your game cadet.

I have learned the material, Wasn't trying to cheat the system just the absolute difference on how the tests were surprised me. Wow so supportive I am the top cadet in my squadron and second in the wing. I simply had a hard time passing one test because Im more focused on the bettering of others rather then myself.

So, a “Dynamic American and Aerospace Martyr,” then?

No, sorry. Saying you’ve had a hard time passing because you were so busy helping others is something that others might say about somebody. It’s not, however, an honorific that one may bestow on oneself.

And, if that IS what happened, you need to reorder your your priorities. Remember, there is a reason why the flight attendant tells you to put your mask on before trying to put the mask on anybody else.


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Once again wasn't using it as an excuse simply that I would allow cadets to come up and ask me something if they needed it while I was testing (Thus bettering them because they then knew how to deal with the situation) Yes but when does the flight attendant themselves put the mask on, they are still going around assisting those who need it and ensure everyone else is good first. Its why if the plan were to crash they are the last one out. That is essentially what I am doing. I will get there but I am gonna see others succeed first. All I was looking for was if other people took the test multiple times too, and hopefully other people see this who are struggling and get encouragement. Not a bunch of people who say I was lazy or blaming it on others.

 17 
 on: Yesterday at 09:34:47 PM 
Started by Cadet Officer - Last post by Eclipse
+1 the above, it's a common excuse cadets make to either not progress at all, or when they struggle
that they are "too busy helping others".  Mentoring is part of the equation, but as a cadet your primary
focus is supposed to be your own progression and growth, as you are perishable, and there are
senior members whose job it is to help struggling cadets.

I am the top cadet in my squadron and second in the wing.

How would you be able to judge you're the #2 cadet in your wing?

 18 
 on: Yesterday at 09:31:35 PM 
Started by cpyahoo - Last post by Eclipse
Yep.

LO = Legal Officer.

Also, Legal Officer is "JA" not "LO".

 19 
 on: Yesterday at 09:29:19 PM 
Started by cpyahoo - Last post by RiverAux
And yet some Wing LOs guard that turf zealously.
They have no turf to guard.  As Eclipse pointed out, it is the ES officers job to talk to local officials and there are almost no circumstances where any sort of official agreement is needed (and hasn't been for 10+ years).  Going to sit down with the sherrif and giving him the NOC's number is about all you need to do. 

 20 
 on: Yesterday at 09:23:36 PM 
Started by NIN - Last post by Eclipse
NHQ, along with a lot of other people these days, thinks TwitSpace is marketing.  It's not.
In most cases you're just preaching to the choir, current members and former members who
already know about CAP, one way or another.  They don't call it an echo chamber
for nothing.

CAP needs (and has for 20 years) a coherent and sustained national mainstream
media campaign, that is supported with Wing and local recruiting initiatives, along with a lot of cleaning house.

The problem with being the "best kept secret of the USAF" is that it's also an advantage in that it allows you
to fly under the radar, while bumps and warts can go largely unnoticed.

A real sustained campaign would also bring plenty of potentially unwanted attention as CAP
moved more forward into the light. Further, spending a lot of money on "awareness", if units aren't
prepared, or worse, interested in the effort it takes to grow (probably quickly), could actually make
things worse in the long run.

This is a decades-old problem that takes a decade to fix, and no one has even nailed up the white board yet.



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