Rites of Passage: Wing Walker Membership Information
Welcome to the Wing Walkers (virtual) Combat Squadron‘s Membership Information page. The following information is intended for those interested in joining the Wing Walkers. Please read the information carefully.
|The Wing Walkers (virtual) Combat Squadronis made of people from all walks of life, with various levels of computer knowledge and wide ranging personal skills.How this many people have managed to maintain a club that rarely meets in person for so many years (we were founded in 1992) is a testament to, among other things, our membership selection process.Our goal is to find people with a similar love of simulated historic aerial combat; a desire to part of a mature (age not with-standing) group that is more like family than “clan-mates”; and those looking to have fun within our chosen hobby.|
|The Membership Process Explained|
|Here’s how you should proceed in your quest to become a WW member
|Some basic rules to know (in no particular order):
|Sponsorship, Probation and Participation Requirements|
|SponsorshipAnyone interested in becoming a Wing Walker member must first convince an active member to sponsor him. Sponsorship involves a one-on-one relationship between the person applying and an active WW member.The reasons for requiring sponsorship:
After many years of trial and error, the WW’s have determined that a six-month probation period for new recruits is necessary. This probation period allows the new recruit time to get adjusted to the WW ways of doing things and to decide if our -admittedly casual- ways are compatable with the recruit’s own expectations.
During the probation period, the recruit will be allowed full access to all WW forum areas and training/operational documentation, with the exception of our Recruit discussion area. “Probies” are not allowed to sponsor new applicants.
If at any time during the probation period the recruit feels he is not “meshing” well with the rest of the squadron, he may opt out of the entire recruit process, with no hard feelings from any WW member.
That is also true in reverse: if the WW membership finds reason to believe a probationary recruit isn’t going to be a good candidate for WW membership, the recruit will be asked to “turn in” his “wings”.
In such a case the recruit will receive written notice detailing, to the best of our ability, the reason(s) for his dismissal. It is expected that a recruit receiving such notice will accept that notice without rancor or “feelings of persecution”. That is not our intent.
All WW members are expected to put forth reasonable effort to participate in squadron meetings, training, events and online wars. We are well aware this is a hobby, and any real-life happenings take precedence over our virtual squadron activities.
That said, it is expected that if any WW member has to be away from squadron activities for an extended time, timely notice will be given of that absence when possible.
Recruits in probationary status should make every effort to be available for weekly training sessions (every Tuesday evening) and any public flight sessions the recruit’s sponsor may have lined up. Failure to appear or failure to give notice of expected absences will be grounds for dismissal at the end of the probation period, during final recruit application review.
We understand there are often situations where one simply doesn’t have time or the ability to send a quick message letting us know that something has come up. Letting us know what has happened as soon as is convenient will certainly help alleviate any doubts we may have about a suddenly absent recruit.
Anyone not in contact with the squadron for a period of three months will be removed from the active member’s list, and moved to the inactive list. Reactivation will be considered at the staff level, on an individual basis.
|HardwareWe have no hard rules regarding the computer hardware you use to run the simulations we fly. If you can run the simulations, then there’s no problems.There are some suggested hardware components to have, though they are not mandatory:
We have several mandatory software programs that are necessary for squadron operations, game play and communications. They are:
|» WW Forum Registration Link|
|»WW Recruiting Form (on the WW forum) | Fill this form out and press the submitbutton. This will open your default email program and allow you to send the form results via email to our Recruiting Officer|
|We ask for personal information (name, age, email address, etc.) in our Recruit Application Form. The information you provide will be held in the strictest confidence, and will not be divulged to persons or groups outside the WWvCS without your express permission. In no case will personal information be given to any commercial enterprises.Failure to fill out the Recruit Application Form in full may result in your application being denied.Recruit Application Forms are kept on file within the WWvCS for a minimum of 1 year, with no maximum time limit.|
|“Once A Wing Walker, Always A Wing Walker”|