Started by Exosphere, February 13, 2020, 03:48:27 pm
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Quote from: Exosphere on February 13, 2020, 05:28:38 pm@vorteks Thank you for your post. It is reasonable advice. I'm curious if you faced a similar experience and stuck it out, or if your experience was much better from the start. It seems many seniors have experiences similar to mine and I would hope the organization would address them, rather than allow them to perpetuate for decades.
Quote from: Exosphere on February 13, 2020, 05:28:38 pm@Larry Mangum Thank you for your post. I know I should probably look into another unit, but the next closest ones are over an hour away. My current Squadron is focused on the Cadet Program, which was one of the reasons I wanted to join, as I have a background in education and JROTC, as well as a doctorate in a STEM field. I love what CAP stands for, and have been wanting to become involved for a long time. Sadly, the reality appears much more complicated. For the first several months after I joined, I was extremely motivated and took my training into my own hands and completed everything I could do on my own, even without being asked. I even started studying for the Yeager Exam. Then, I hit a wall, because my involvement/advancement was being stalled by factors I could not control. And, it became a waiting game. Of course, I followed up several times, but to no avail. So, here I am.
Quote from: Exosphere on February 13, 2020, 05:28:38 pmI understand that this is an issue throughout CAP. Why it is left to continue widespread for so long, I can't understand.
Quote from: Holding Pattern on February 13, 2020, 06:19:00 pmAnother (high work, high reward) consideration for you:If you have other SMs in your squadron that are feeling underutilized, you may want to consider forming a Senior squadron in the same area. Meet on a different day at the same location, or same day, different location. Focus the new squadron where you believe it needs to be going.
Quote from: 1st Lt Thompson on February 13, 2020, 06:31:23 pmYou will run into these issues anytime you have an all volunteer, unpaid organization and are hoping for efficiency. Don't wait to be assigned a roll, go through the specialty tracks and see what interests you. As etodd said, if someone else is already in that roll, ask them if you can be an assistant, have the specialty track added to your file in eservices, and start training. If there isn't someone already in the roll, ask for the specialty track to be added, and ask the CC to reach out to another Squadron or higher echelon to help find you a mentor.
Quote from: 4X&1XY on February 14, 2020, 09:34:10 amI've been in for 19mths and our squadron really didn't have a lot of active SMs and no real SM program. I saw a void and stepped in. I started in logistics but when I saw the void I asked to be the Professional Development Officer, started holding SM meetings and am now also the Deputy for SMs. It's been a haul but we have almost 3 times as many active SMs as we did when I joined. I'm trying to figure out what classes to provide to help our SMs, get them in Tracks and duty positions we need and they will enjoy. It's a process but since you seem to be experiencing the same void, perhaps you could be the solution.
Quote from: Exosphere on February 14, 2020, 11:02:40 amI asked to have a Specialty Track added to my file, but was told it could not be added until I achieved a Tech rating. From my understanding, I need to have a Specialty Track in order to earn the Tech rating.
Quote from: militaryspouse on February 14, 2020, 06:00:42 pmMy job is to show up so we have enough SM for the cadets
Quote from: militaryspouse on February 14, 2020, 07:16:42 pmSorry, I mistyped. The form was a capf 2 and it was submitted online.
Quote from: militaryspouse on February 14, 2020, 07:16:42 pmI attend because I do not feel it is fair for the cadets to show up and there not be enough SM to have the meeting or be able to do the activities that were planned. I joined to make a difference, and right now I am not.
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