Started by Dad2-4, January 20, 2020, 02:42:37 pm
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Quote from: NIN on January 20, 2020, 04:13:43 pmI've seen these "gatekeeper" issues before, and they vary by wing. You have a problem getting in the plane, I have a problem sometimes getting enough people in the plane so I'm not turning interested and qualified people away. Heck, 20+ years ago, my wing was that way in flying ops with some players from one unit who treated the planes like "theirs." Getting pilots and crews involved from other units was a difficult trick. It took a lot of leadership on the part of enlightened commanders and staff officers to (slowly) turn the direction of that part of the ship over the course of easily 15 years.
Quote from: Dad2-4 on January 20, 2020, 02:42:37 pmSomeone please enlighten me if there is anything new going on.
Quote from: Stonewall on January 22, 2020, 02:05:47 amMy favorite book reference for this type of quandary is "develop your situation."If you don't follow that link (and scroll down a little), I'm saying, you need to build context to your situation, discover options, and master the information. I came back in after a few years hiatus in a different wing, but timing worked out for me so I jumped back in with both feet. I wasn't getting what I want in the form of ES training and professional development from my local area so I sought opportunities for training and development outside of the immediate area. I went to two other wing conferences, drove through two other groups to attend some comms training in my wing, and went outside my wing for two different ground team training opportunities. Now that I'm all caught up on my quals and have a better understanding of how things are running these days after my few-years hiatus, I'm back in full swing doing what I want to do and contributing in ways that help CAP at the Wing, Group, and Squadron levels.DO NOT WAIT FOR SOMEONE TO GRAB YOUR HAND AND GUIDE YOU. Read up on the regs; find out what YOU need to accomplish your goals, then make them happen. Be patient as it won't happen overnight, or within a couple months. It took me over a year to get where I wanted, and it's still a work in progress.Don't take no for an answer. Find a way! Be respectful and play by the rules, but you may hear "no" or "we don't do that" more often than you should. You have something to contribute to the program and the program has something for you. It's a two-way street for sure - give and take. You may give more than you take more often than not, but that's how it is.If you run into a personality conflict, step around that situation and find another way. If not, you'll pull your hair out.If you really are interested in scanner/observer training and qualification, I strongly urge you, if it's feasible, to attend something like NESA where you can knock out a majority, if not all, of the requirements in a single week. I don't know what wing/region you're in, but I know Mid Atlantic Region has their annual SAR College and I'm sure there are other similar opportunities around the country as well. Just know there are plenty of options for you and actions to take, but you have to self-initiate most of them. If you don't, well, you'll be here on CAP Talk posting about it.
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