Mark Smith Records Declining CAP Membership

Accidents, abuse Civil Air Patrol frown Mark SmithAccidents and abuse make it hard to turn Mark Smith's Civil Air Patrol frown upside down.

by AuxBeacon News Staff

On 31 October 2016 Col Mark E. Smith, commanding Southwest Region Civil Air Patrol, told the states of Texas, Oklahoma “and the rest” that CAP is and has been suffering declining membership.

He wrote:

“The overall objective of the Southwest Region (SWR) Recruiting and Retention Plan is to help the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) reverse its trend of declining membership through bolstered R&R.”

Civi Air Patrol membership declining per Mark Smith

Civil Air Patrol’s Mark E. Smith acknowledges declining membership in writing.

Many members have informed AuxBeacon that they believe Mark Smith is in a state of denial regarding the reports of abuse, accidents and crimes that have occurred in the program as an impact on declining membership.

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2 Comments on "Mark Smith Records Declining CAP Membership"

  1. I am a former F. Ward Reilly Award recipient, but when I changed wings and found that the Florida Wing is stuck on stupid, I haven’t been very active. CAP is just not as fun as it used to be when we could actually go and do things. but now, with all the restrictions and need to control, it isnt fun.

  2. Avatar This crap needs to end | September 12, 2018 at 07:43 | Reply

    Member retention is a real and serious problem… and while NHQ may be pointing their fingers at local squadrons, it not just the new people who bail after awhile. I have encountered many long time members who have bailed simply because of the nonsense that has taken place in the past couple of years and is continuing to take place.

    It is disheartening to see a member who has invested their hard earned money and their free time in this organization — progress in their training, taking on areas of great responsibility, only to be either forced out or fired.

    I’m not huge fan of the current boss, but I don’t think he’s the problem. It’s more about the underlying system that produced him. It doesn’t exactly cause the cream to rise to the top ya know. Most of our best people avoid the political BS like the plague.

    We need Congress to give AF more oversight authority so CAP leadership is accountable up the chain, and a new, better democratic system where we can elect members to represent the membership. The BoG only does what is best for itself.

    The time will soon come when enough of us stop complaining to each other and start complaining to our Congressmen/women. I can guarantee you, it will equate to Congressional interest when, and if, enough CAP members start writing their Congressional representatives and copying the Chair of both Armed Services Committees.

    Congress has an obligation to see that we are managed by competent people who will obey both the spirit and the letter of the law, not rule as if this were some kind of personal fiefdom.

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