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 on: Yesterday at 09:56:22 AM 
Started by etodd - Last post by Hawk200
For new folks coming in, I'd probably type up a nice, little, one sheet, info page on what they need to progress to a pilot position.

I got this from another guy in my wing, it came from HQ/DOV this summer.  I'm trying to reformat it to be a little more "user friendly" (ie. "dat background")

That will be handy. Thank you.

 12 
 on: Yesterday at 09:06:28 AM 
Started by etodd - Last post by NIN
For new folks coming in, I'd probably type up a nice, little, one sheet, info page on what they need to progress to a pilot position.

I got this from another guy in my wing, it came from HQ/DOV this summer.  I'm trying to reformat it to be a little more "user friendly" (ie. "dat background")
 

 13 
 on: Yesterday at 07:33:36 AM 
Started by Adam B - Last post by Hawk200
I remember seeing the CAP Guard patch. Don't know much about the program. Here's one that appears to be in felt.

Allegedly, the individuals were armed, and basically pulled flightline security on AAC (and AAF) airfields. What Air Force Security Police does these days.

I'd love to get a hold of one for collecting purposes, and learn a little more about that program. I would not want to see someone try to create any program today that mirrors that one.

 14 
 on: Yesterday at 07:21:21 AM 
Started by etodd - Last post by Hawk200
Unless they happen to join a squadron that has other pilots already enrolled in it who help them, they have no one who will tell them that they first have to qualify as Air Crew and work their way "up" the system.

I wasn't aware of this, but it's been many years since I was a commander, and I've only done the Mission Scanner course.

For future reference, where might I find (in the pubs) that this is the path to take? For new folks coming in, I'd probably type up a nice, little, one sheet, info page on what they need to progress to a pilot position.

 15 
 on: September 22, 2018, 11:42:42 PM 
Started by Holding Pattern - Last post by Eclipse
Also the Mitchell, for example, should be separate from the promotion to 2nd Lt
if waiting for the Group CC etc., would delay the promotion.

That goes for any of the achievements that have a prescribed presenter.

 16 
 on: September 22, 2018, 11:39:08 PM 
Started by etodd - Last post by Eclipse
I believe though, that if we at least had a corps of mentors who worked with the new members, that things would radically improve. I do so in my unit and preach it within my wing.

If only the ORGANIZATION(al) had some sort of "program" to identify and appoint SMEs
in the various wings to be ready and serve as mentors.  Not that would be EXCELLENCE!

Or perhaps even a track a COMMAND TRACK to help new CCs.

 17 
 on: September 22, 2018, 10:54:09 PM 
Started by Holding Pattern - Last post by MSG Mac
Push the button once the promotion has been 'approved' by the Commander. Don't hold people up to make it an administrative thing or to align with a particular date. That just drags out the timeline for the next promotion; especially cadets.

What happens if they can't pin for a month (because reasons)? You're going to hold them up a month?

 The promotion is effective when you press approve and will be worn from that point on. However many units will hold off on Milestone pinning until friends and parents are available, and ask the cadet to wear the old insignia until the ceremony. By tying the promotion date to the pin on date the cadet loses TIG for his next promotion.

 18 
 on: September 22, 2018, 10:49:53 PM 
Started by Holding Pattern - Last post by MSG Mac
For Seniors as soon as they meet all requirements
For Cadets immediately after the PRB, Backdating to when they met the final requirement.

 19 
 on: September 22, 2018, 08:55:14 PM 
Started by etodd - Last post by etodd

For pilots, it seems to be about the same. Unless they happen to join a squadron that has other pilots already enrolled in it who help them, they have no one who will tell them that they first have to qualify as Air Crew and work their way "up" the system.


As I hear more about other squadrons and Wings, I'm becoming more and more aware of how fortunate I am in mine. We do have the problems I've mentioned, but we do have a plane, several current pilots, and two CFIs.  Now we just need the system to help jumpstart new members. A mentoring system is obviously a must. Thanks for the replies.

 20 
 on: September 22, 2018, 08:14:45 PM 
Started by etodd - Last post by OldGuy
The lack of mentors is really the biggest bugaboo out there - and that goes for pilots, as much as for any other aspect of CAP for Senior Members. Squadron Commanders are required - REQUIRED - to appoint a mentor for every new SM that joins their squadrons. My guess is that less than 5% do and about that same amount even know that they are responsible for doing so.

For pilots, it seems to be about the same. Unless they happen to join a squadron that has other pilots already enrolled in it who help them, they have no one who will tell them that they first have to qualify as Air Crew and work their way "up" the system.

I will not get in to the debate of whether it's easier to get airtime in the winter or the summer as I am in an area where the nearest airplane is about a two hour drive away for most of the folks who join the 6 squadrons near me ... so that's another obstacle...

I believe though, that if we at least had a corps of mentors who worked with the new members, that things would radically improve. I do so in my unit and preach it within my wing.
Preach it loud and often! It is the absolute truth and makes all the difference in the world.

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