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User currently offlineJalto27R From United States of America, joined May 2004, 857 posts, RR: 14
Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2873 times:

Hi guys. I am a cadet in CAP, and I applied to attend New Jersey's flight encampment (13 hours of flight time, double that in ground time, and solo at the end if you do well enough). To get into the "Falcon Flight Encampment" I have to go in front of a board of Air Force officers, many of them are officers in the Air Force that assist in CAP. I was wondering if any of you military types had any advice for me as far as customs, or certain ways to answer questions. Thanks guys!

Mike

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User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4466 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2870 times:

Hello there, it is good to hear that you are particapting in CAP. I'm a 2nd Lt in a NJ squadron. I've also had the opportunity for several interviews with Active Duty Majors and Colonels when I applied to the USAF for a pilot slot. Dress conservatively if you are not wearing your uniform. Yes sir, no sir, yes mam, no mam. Be yourself but don't be to "slack". Do not use slang etc. They understand that you are young and will not be looking to grill you or put you under pressure. The best example I can give you is behave how your parents always wanted you too!

More than likely they are looking for someone who is motivated, excited and understands the responsiblity that comes with flying an aircraft. If you have any other questions or want more of an explanation post away.

[Edited 2006-03-04 03:28:31]


"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineJalto27R From United States of America, joined May 2004, 857 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2869 times:

Thanks for the response CX747. I am wearing my blues uniform, but was given the advice by some other cadets to just bring have my pen, and ID on me, nothing else.

Mike


User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4466 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2854 times:

I always bring a pen to any interview. Have you thought about bringing a small pad of paper also? Try to think about some of the questions they will ask you.

Why do you want to go to Falcon Camp?
Have you flown in an airplane before? If so what did you like/dislike?
What have you accomplished during your time in CAP?
Why should we select you for this program?
Who from you squadron should we select?
Do you know that there will be studying required?

Also, during my interviews for a pilot slot I always tried to show that I understood what an opportunity it was. You are being given a gift (FLYING) that isn't given to everyone. Try to deomonstrate that you understand you are being given a gift and won't waste it. There are alot of guys and girls out there that want to fly. Wanting to fly and having the determination to do it are two entirely different things. Good luck and again shoot away with the questions.

When is your board meeting?



"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineJalto27R From United States of America, joined May 2004, 857 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2849 times:

Sunday in Trenton, at the Mercer Airport. It's my first experience in front of a board, so it should be a learning one.

Mike


User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4466 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2847 times:

Good ole Mercer. Good luck on Sunday. Here is some "inspiration" for you.


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[Edited 2006-03-04 04:05:05]


"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2830 times:

Quoting Jalto27R (Thread starter):
I have to go in front of a board of Air Force officers, many of them are officers in the Air Force that assist in CAP.

You have nothing to worry about with Air Force officers, especially if they assist with CAP. This shows that they are more dorky than the normal AF officer. Big grin

Don't worry, I'm only halfway kidding. Just be yourself and be respectful. If they are doing this on their own time, then they obviously care about the future of CAP and those in it. You should be fine. Just relax going in there and don't let their rank intimidate you. You've got higher ranking officers on this website that you talk to everyday and you don't worry about it, do you?

You'll be fine. Good luck.  bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineGOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4364 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2822 times:

I've done a few boards while my time in the Navy, from my aviation warfare to junior sailor of the month boards, I was selected. At first, the high NCOs were impressed at my military bearing, with a good straight relaxed posture, you will be fine. Always make eye contact. Always start your answers in a complete sentence to what the question was, as what CX747 stated, use yes/no sir/ma'am" to respect them. Secondly, appearence, I'm sure you know that already. Good luck to you and im sure you will gain experience from this.

Regards,

Kevin



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User currently offlineJalto27R From United States of America, joined May 2004, 857 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2718 times:

Well the interviews went well, they are very tricky in turning your answers around on you, but I was ready for them. I found out from a person on the board that I unofficially placed fifth in the canidates that applied, so I'm going. I'm just waiting for official word. Thanks for the help guys.  Smile

Mike


User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2712 times:

As an Air Force Reserve officer and CAP volunteer, I think you are off to a good start. Your record to date will be a big factor. The impression you make will reinforce your credentials. Confidence, military bearing, sincereity, and desire will all be weighed. Don't try to butter up the board by saying what you think they want to hear if it is not what you believe. If you should stumble, recover and press on. No one is expecting perfection. It is a good sign to see an interviewee that can recover composure.

Gary
Cottage Grove, MN, USA



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User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4466 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2663 times:

Congratulations on doing well. Let us know when you get official word. If what they told you is true, enjoy your C-172 time!


"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineJalto27R From United States of America, joined May 2004, 857 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2646 times:

Yup. Just got my letter in the mail today. Now I get to wait to get the ground school material. Oh joyyyy  Smile.

Mike


User currently offlineDw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2611 times:

Well, I wish I'd seen this earlier--I've been before a few dozen CAP boards over the years--but it sounds like things went just fine! Congats!

That is interesting. Here in MDWG we have the "Cadet Solo School" which sounds pretty similiar. I'm curious--do you take your FAA written as part of the Falcon Flight Encampment? How many students/insturctors? What airfield? What are the dates (its always fun to stop by and make the traffic pattern even more confusing  Wink).

Best of luck.

David
C/Col, CAP



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User currently offlineJspitfire From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 308 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2545 times:

Congrats on getting the course!

I went through a similar review board with the Canadian Air Cadets here to go to a 7 week summer course to get my PPL. It wasn't much fun, and they do ask some pretty tricky questions, but I got through it, and got accepted for the course.

This thread also made me remember when I went to the Arlington Fly-in in Washington and worked there with the CAP, marshaling aircraft and doing crowd control. That was some fun times.  Smile

Jason


User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2545 times:

Congratulations, you are about to enter the world of three dimensions!
Gary
Cottage Grove, MN, USA



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