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Question: What is most important in applying for encampment cadet cadre?
Grade above SSgt   -1 (10%)
More than 2 years experience   -4 (40%)
Prior duty positions (either encampment or squadron)   -5 (50%)
Being referred by other cadet staff   -0 (0%)
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« Reply #20 on: November 08, 2018, 12:26:35 PM »

Open up Word. Type out, just how you speak out loud, responses to interview questions. Not memorized nonsense answers. Explain who you are, what you've accomplished, and what you've learned along the way. Just type it informally for yourself. Put it aside for a couple of hours. Then read it (thoroughly). "Is this how I feel about myself? Does what I just said represent me?" Tweak and revise. Then take that blurb you wrote, and, alongside it, start typing out a formal, well-written essay version of it. Make a story of who you are and what you're seeking to gain from it all. Now build yourself a resume based on it.

I'm one that can read through the bull hockey on someone's resume or in an essay. I can tell if it's representing the person I'm talking to or reading about. Even if I'm incorrect, perception is reality. If what I'm reading doesn't sound honest, or it doesn't sound like it's heart-filled and true, then I'm going to discredit that person.

If you can't sell yourself to you, you can't sell yourself to others.
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« Reply #21 on: November 08, 2018, 07:57:26 PM »

Firstly, congratulations on trying to put yourself out there. Giving back to the cadet program is an important factor in the success of our program. Keep it up.

I won't comment on your resume and letter of intent, as I believe most of the regulars have already said as much useful information as there needs to be, and I don't want to beat that dead horse.

I was the Cadet Commander for the 2018 NYWG Encampment. While I did not personally select most of the 60+ positions on staff (that was left to my staff), I did give them some guidelines on selection. The selection process took place during the first staff workshop, on a weekend a couple months before the Encampment. From the moment potential cadre stepped on base, they were scrutinized. My preselected staff (DCC, XO, Squadron Commanders, some OICs) wrote pages upon pages of impressions on these cadets, even during "break time" and periods where they might not have expected to be evaluated. This allowed my upper echelon to determine true character, ability, and personality.

Here are a few things off the top of my head that we found most important.
  • Maturity, maturity maturity.
    • Cadets that did not display a consistent level of maturity and character where not selected for leadership roles such as Flight Sergeants, First Sergeants, or SET/TRNG.
    • An important point that must be made here is the matter of age. There are an amazing amount of young cadets that are incredibly mature for their age. My Admin OIC was just 14, but her maturity, consistent results, and capability made her one of the most reliable and effective members of our Exec staff.
  • Experience
    • Experience is an essential factor to any application. In 2018, NYWG had a very large percentage of "first year" staff members apply, and quite a few positions were made and lost by performance during previous experiences working Wreaths Across America, Airshows, Color Guards, home squadrons, etc.
    • As a proof that encampment experience isn't (and shouldn't!) be a defining factor in staff selection, my own Deputy Commander had never staffed an Encampment before. However, he had considerable experience with CAC and other events, and he absolutely knocked it out of the park, and I couldn't have chosen a better person to be c/DCC.
  • Referrals
    • Get to know people in the area of where you're applying. If people know your name, know your abilities and know your work ethic, you are WAY more likely to be chosen for certain positions. Reputation is key, and so is socializing/networking. This applies in "real life" too, as I'm sure many of our delightful SMs can attest.

I may come back and add some more thoughts later, but keep in mind this is just a general list. Let me know if you have any questions.
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