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Jungle in the dog house
06/30/13 8:01 pm

It really surprises me that the majority haven't heard of it.

bMyComrade Stumptown
06/30/13 5:56 pm

Former Eaker cadet here, now a SM Capt.

jimjimjimjim KCLE
06/30/13 6:19 pm

Congrats, ma'am, I see it is?

jimjimjimjim KCLE
07/01/13 5:33 am

From the pic. Aren't you part of the female minority in CAP?

bMyComrade Stumptown
07/01/13 7:59 am

Oh, got it - yes, I'm a ma'am, lol. Congrats on your NCO achievement.

jimjimjimjim KCLE
07/01/13 8:02 am

Thank you! So how did you get involved in CAP?

bMyComrade Stumptown
07/01/13 8:06 am

I was volunteering in middle school and the volunteer coordinator knew I was interested in the Air Force Academy. So, when another volunteer told her about the program, she passed that information on to me.

jimjimjimjim KCLE
07/01/13 8:14 am

Nice. Did you end up at the USAFA?

bMyComrade Stumptown
07/01/13 8:16 am

In the end I picked the USNA, though I had appointments to both - however, I blew out my knee while there, so I separated and ended up not in the military.

jimjimjimjim KCLE
07/01/13 8:18 am

Aw... that's too bad. Were you going to try to get your wings?

bMyComrade Stumptown
07/01/13 8:23 am

I was intending to shoot for a pilot or medical slot. Barring a pilot assignment, I wanted to do bio-medical research.

jimjimjimjim KCLE
07/01/13 8:35 am

Interesting. I'm probably going into Air Force ROTC, if I decide to go into the military. All I know for sure is I want to go into aviation.

bMyComrade Stumptown
07/01/13 10:53 am

Flight spots are hard to get - so make sure you keep your grades high in high school and college. Good luck :)

jimjimjimjim KCLE
07/01/13 11:35 am

How long did it take to make SM Capt.? I know seniors have a longer time between promotions.

bMyComrade Stumptown
07/01/13 5:26 pm

Not long, about a year, I started at 1st Lt and as credited time in grade. I was an Eaker cadet, already started specialty track training, and was on wing staff. Had I not canceled my Spaatz test to go on IACE, I would have started at Capt.

jimjimjimjim KCLE
07/02/13 7:14 am

Interesting. How much different is it now that you're a senior member?

bMyComrade Stumptown
07/02/13 10:00 am

Everything is way different. But that's in large part because I'm in the program solely for cadets. I'm not a senior who does things for me - I am just there so cadets can have the experiences I had.

jimjimjimjim KCLE
07/02/13 10:09 am

That is an excellent way of thinking about it. How many cadets are in your squadron?

bMyComrade Stumptown
07/02/13 10:11 am

I recently moved to Oregon, so I'm not active here yet. But in Montana, rather than being in a squadron, I was assigned to wing as I was the Director of Cadet Programs.

jimjimjimjim KCLE
07/02/13 10:21 am

Oh wow... That's awesome! Now that you're in Oregon, are you going to get involved at squadron or wing level?

bMyComrade Stumptown
07/02/13 10:25 am

Eventually. I am teaching at a new school, and I want to take another year to adapt to the schools and the city. Then I will start looking into the local squadrons to find one which needs some extra senior support.

jimjimjimjim KCLE
07/02/13 10:27 am

Excellent idea! What subjects do you teach?

jimjimjimjim KCLE
07/02/13 1:30 pm

Interesting combination. Why those two?

bMyComrade Stumptown
07/02/13 5:24 pm

I'm good at math and at teaching it, I was a math tutor before I switched. My major to it, and the history is because I love it. The combination is because I didn't just want to do one thing, I wanted variety and flexibility in the job search.

jimjimjimjim KCLE
07/02/13 6:53 pm

So what is your favorite part of CAP?

bMyComrade Stumptown
07/02/13 7:30 pm

The professionalism, leadership, and self-confidence it teaches to young people. Without a doubt.

jimjimjimjim KCLE
06/30/13 5:34 pm

Where have you heard about us?

love4life wonderland
06/30/13 5:35 pm

There's one in my city and I saw there stand at an air show :p

jimjimjimjim KCLE
06/30/13 5:40 pm

I heard about it at a local airshow, and I decided with all the flying I do, I should join. I'm have now risen to a Cadet Staff Sergeant.