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    Taketheshot56 - Commanding Officer Application

    Commanding Officer Whitelist Application
    Personal Information

    Byond ID?
    Taketheshot56

    Player Name You Use Most?
    Patton "Hardtack" Moore

    Make a list of links to all of your ban appeals as well as whitelist and staff applications (both accepted and denied) submitted within the past year. For appeals, provide an additional ban reason and the appeal’s verdict next to the link.
    https://cm-ss13.com/old/viewtopic.ph...128705#p128705 | Name ban appeal - Denied
    https://cm-ss13.com/old/viewtopic.ph...159722#p159722 | Job ban appeal - Denied
    https://cm-ss13.com/old/viewtopic.ph...163704#p163704 | Job ban appeal - Lifted
    https://cm-ss13.com/old/viewtopic.php?f=142&t=15868 | Commander Application - Accepted
    https://cm-ss13.com/old/viewtopic.php?f=149&t=16211 | Synthetic Application - Accepted
    https://cm-ss13.com/old/viewtopic.php?f=125&t=18120 | Predator Application - Accepted
    https://cm-ss13.com/old/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=16482 | First Moderator Application - Accepted
    https://cm-ss13.com/old/viewtopic.php?f=68&t=17172 | Second Moderator Application - Denied
    https://cm-ss13.com/old/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=18909 | Third Moderator Application - Accepted

    Have you received any bans in the last month?
    No

    What is your timezone in UTC?
    UTC−08:00

    What is your discord username and handle?
    Taketheshot56#2728

    Basic Questions & Story

    What do you think is the job of a Commander?
    A commanders job is the job of a director, a stage manager who ensures everything is running like clockwork and the cast is following the script, so to speak. There are several types of commanders, those that rule with an iron fist, those that micro manage through their SOs and those that delegate. A commander that delegates responsibility is one that will be most effective. If everything on the ship is running smoothly, with SLs, SOs and XOs doing their jobs and all other departments running at full capacity. The COs job should be that of running the ship at the higher level, delivering key information to his SOs for them to pass along. But often times this is not the case and that is why the role of commander is so very important.

    Many times back during the days of the Sulaco as a boot marine fighting for my life in hydro with the aliens thrashing us from the front and the shipside staff mucking things up from behind. But then, the popup arrives. "Attention all hands, Commander Bloggins on deck!" This bold black text that appears at the side of the screen is one that begins to reassure the PFC. In his head the PFC thinks "Dont worry, the Commander is here, he will begin sorting stuff out." The commander's Job, first and foremost is to ensure the ship is running efficiently and effectively and that all departments are giving it their all to keep the marines on the ground fighting. The commanders job is important and when the commander arrives in a round it allows everyone to breathe a collective sigh of relief.

    Why do you want to be a Commanding Officer?
    Since I began playing CM ive played in every single role, but the ones I feel most comfortable in are that of SO and XO. I've put many hours in leading marines effectively to which many COs will agree. I wish to be able to take the next step and lead marines as a commander, striving to provide a good round to all involved. I work hard as XO and do my best to ensure everything runs smoothly and I wish to take up that job, but as a commander. Providing that feeling of relief I once received as a marine in a difficult situation, when I see that a commander has joined the round.

    Provide a short story of your Commanding Officer.
    Experience

    How familiar are you with command positions?
    Command roles are literally second nature to me at this point. I have absolutely no qualms assuming control of an operation no matter how fucked it might be, Ive grinded out every single role from SL, SO, XO, Captain, Commodore, and I even have a bunch of Admiral rounds under my belt. Theres no way for me to tally my combined hours in command roles, but before I dipped away from the server last year my most played role was Captain and I probably have around a thousand or so hours in that role over the years.

    I understand what needs to be done in a command position and that is to be present, be active and be someone who directs the marine force directly onto the objective with as few hiccups as possible.

    Approximately how many hours do you have as Executive Officer (XO) at the time of writing this application?
    Into the numerous hundreds, I've been playing CM since 2017. With no way to accurately track it, I am guesstimating its somewhere in the range of several hundred over the past four years.

    How familiar are you with Department Head positions?
    I am INCREDIBLY familiar, although I don't have all the department head roles unlocked due to returning and dealing with time lock stuff, I have ran through RO, CE, CMP, and CMO quite often and played each role thoroughly before I dipped away from the server

    How familiar are you with Marine Law and Standard Operating Procedure?
    Incredibly familiar, I helped write a bunch of the original ones during my time on staff and the CO council, I have probably 200 hours as MP/CMP. Marine law is nothing new to me and is something I have been dealing with for years.

    Scenarios

    When do you believe a Battlefield Execution should be used?
    A battlefield execution is an absolute last resort of a commander to deal with an extreme threat to either himself, or the ship. This tool is one that lies at the bottom of the commanders proverbial toolbox and should only be used in the most dire of circumstances. A good commander must understand that by performing a battlefield execution, he is removing a player directly from the round something that should not be done lightly and only in the most extreme of circumstances. The following situations are just some I have observed over my lengthy experience as XO and SO and my thoughts on them reflect my opinions on how it should be used.
    An SO had been extremely confrontational with the CO and other staff throughout the round, they have been spoken to numerous times but the SO in question continues this behavior. Eventually this culminates in the SO withdrawing his sidearm and opening fire at the commander in CIC. At this point the commander in this situation withdrew their sidearm and opened fire on the rouge SO, killing them. In doing this the commander performed a lawful battlefield execution. The situation, was dire. A lethal weapon was being used against the commander and the commander responded with his option of last resort to protect himself and the rest of the CIC staff. The commander was completely in the right and chose the best option.

    An SO in the CIC was sitting at her post doing her job. An Admiral had just boarded the ship and was in the CIC with the CO and XO, I was sitting at an overwatch station engaging in conversation with the Admiral and CO. The SO sitting next to me at her station directed an insult toward me. Due to some error of miscommunication the Admiral took it as an insult towards himself and promptly executed the SO who despite insulting her fellow SO, was doing her job. This was during an Admiral round and due to it being chosen by staff was given leeway. But the point remains, this was the epitome of when not to battlefield execute someone. It could've easily been solved with some discussion and perhaps a quick brig time.

    Under what circumstances do you believe it is legal to pardon a prisoner?
    Ultimately a pardon is not something to be given lightly, as a Captain I rarely gave them out unless under the most dire of circumstances, usually they revolved around some medic, specialist or smartgunner finding himself on the wrong side of the law for whatever reason and the Almayer coming under attack. In such dire circumstances where the alternative is having a useless spec/sg/medic cooling his heels in the brig or having one extra gun on the line I've chosen to pardon.

    I do believe it has its limits however, the people I've pardoned were almost entirely nonthreats to the operation, people unlikely to reoffend, I used to simply make an active choice that if you were going to be difficult and cause problems, Id just have the MPs escort you off the ship in a pod rather than pardon the person in question and have them decide to reoffend at a terribly inconvenient time.

    Confirmations

    Have you read the Code of Conduct?
    Yes

    Have you read the application process page?
    Yes

    Do you understand that any player - even donors or staff members - can have their whitelist status revoked should they break our Server Rules or Roleplay Guidelines?
    Yes

    Do you understand you cannot advertise or promote this application on any platform, including Discord?
    Yes

    Do you also understand that you may not edit this application 1 hour after it has been posted?
    Yes

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    he was a CO before so I don't see why he can't be a CO again. I saw him play XO lately
    +1
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    I remember some things about your CO style from 2019, you had that command presence that the current COs often lack these days.

    Probably not worth asking any ML questions, since I know how much experience you have in that. But here's a doctrine question - what things do you prioritize when running your operations?

    That old story is from back when CO was a CDR and your character is 34 y. o. there, so that's kinda lazy.

    For the new people in the audience, can you please tell a couple of stories about your favorite CO rounds from back in the day?
    Last edited by sg2002; 10-01-2021 at 01:59 PM.
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    One of the good OG COs that got purged. I remember seeing Patton a lot back then.
    Good answers and you seem to be updated on the recent CO guidelines the Council placed in. I've also seen you play as XO so you can familiarize with the changes CM has been going through.
    +1 from me. Give the man his whitelist back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sg2002 View Post
    I remember some things about your CO style from 2019, you had that command presence that the current COs often lack these days.

    Probably not worth asking any ML questions, since I know how much experience you have in that. But here's a doctrine question - what things do you prioritize when running your operations?

    That old story is from back when CO was a CDR and your character is 34 y. o. there, so that's kinda lazy.

    For the new people in the audience, can you please tell a couple of stories about your favorite CO rounds from back in the day?
    Of course, for prioritizing in operations, I honestly feel as though CIC presence is the most important thing. When I was Captain I RARELY went to the ground unless in the most dire of situations. I believe a Captains place is on the ship and that is something I prioritize, that and ensuring there is adequate command staff in the CIC as much as possible to help information flow. Another thing i prioritize is that of construction of the FOB, a good fob is ABSOLUTELY essential, and if you served as a synth or MT/CE under me, It was not uncommon for me to ask you to head down and help shore up the FOB. Those are just two things I highly value when commanding, Information being properly facilitated from the CIC and FOB security.


    Yea, I had spoken with Nauticall who told me to reuse my story, but considering back when I applied in 2018 one did not need a story I merely added my dossier.

    Im sure I can provide some THRILLING tale and perhaps my favorite CO moments of all time.

    The first one was when we were on prison, the map had just been released and I found myself in the rare circumstance of helping to lead the marine on a desperate push out of the FOB to try and win, in this case we had a PFC running along the front with an HPR firing directly into the backs of marines heads, when i tried speaking with him he merely shouted "FUCK YOU IM KILLING ALIENS" and bashed me in the chest with his HPR. Of course back in these days we had atmos and the shutters on prison were quite slow for the first few weeks of the map. So I quickly flashed him, shot out the nearby window, picked this marine up and threw him out the window while flashed, the shutters subsequently closed and he was trapped outside in the vacuum of space to which the rest of the marines surrounding me watched in amusement as this malicious guy was BE'd by the vacuum of space. We then pushed right to CIV Res and won the round.

    Another and probably my singlehandedly favorite moment on CM was a few years ago, we just had a disastrously bad operation on the ground and evacced very early, the sixty or so marines left quickly formed up to mutiny and stormed the CIC, rather than fight I just surrendered and they took me to my office and put me inside while some bravo SL took command. A few minutes later all hell broke lose as the dropship took off. With no one in command and the marines shitting themselves I pulled a napoleon, walked out of my office and back to the CIC where I just....started commanding again. The mutinous marines just looked at me, shrugged and then went about fortifying CIC. We pushed out from CIC and wiped the xenos where they had crashed in astronav and won the game, perhaps not the most ROBUST or aliens killing moment, or fantastic command strategy, it just remains my favorite moment due to how funny the whole situation was. I got mutinied by angry marines and then five minutes later they all kinda watched and followed orders as I walked back into the CIC and sat down at the command console to take over control of the operation.
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    post your playtime
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZAB1019 View Post
    post your playtime
    My current playtime is thus


    Role

    Playtime

    Human 36 HOURS
    Squad Medic 5.8 HOURS
    Staff Officer 5.1 HOURS
    Squad Marine 4.9 HOURS
    Squad Smartgunner 4.6 HOURS
    Squad RT Operator 3.4 HOURS
    Synthetic 3 HOURS
    Squad Engineer 2.9 HOURS
    Executive Officer 2.2 HOURS
    Squad Leader 1.9 HOURS
    Nurse 1.3 HOURS
    Honor Guard 0.9 HOURS

    Though as stated, I left CM last fall shortly before timelocks were implemented and the stat wipe was introduced, and before that Id average about 150 or so hours a month since joining in 2017 on the Sulaco. And the thirty six hours is simply my playtime as the result of beginning to play again last week.
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    Yeah sorry that's a no from me chief, playtimes were added over a year ago. I have more playtime in the past month than you do in over a year. Sadly I'm a new player too and never was around when you played, but I'll trust in your abilities from other's opinions. I'd rather you still get some relatively new experience and then applying again and it would be an easy yes from me, but for now it's a -1 from me. See you in a month or two for an easy 1+ when youre caught up to date, me thinks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZAB1019 View Post
    Yeah sorry that's a no from me chief, playtimes were added over a year ago. I have more playtime in the past month than you do in over a year. Sadly I'm a new player too and never was around when you played, but I'll trust in your abilities from other's opinions. I'd rather you still get some relatively new experience and then applying again and it would be an easy yes from me, but for now it's a -1 from me. See you in a month or two for an easy 1+ when youre caught up to date, me thinks.
    Playtimes were added over a year ago, that's correct. Sometime last summer in which time I racked up a significant amount of recorded hours in addition to unrecorded hours for the last three years. However timelocks were added october 2020, and then playtimes were wiped at that time. That is also the time I left and thus my playtime only accrued last week. Of course you have more playtime than me in the month considering ive been gone for a year. Though in one week Ive racked up almost 40 hours playtime.

    Nevertheless I respect your opinion, but I forge onwards regardless.
    Last edited by Taketheshot56; 10-02-2021 at 09:55 AM.
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    I would like to add that Taketheshot56 is a former administrator who retired in October of 2020. I will vouch that he has an extensive amount of play time prior to timelocks being added, and was part of the CO Council back in the day. I cannot vouch for recent experience, but when it comes to roleplay competency and prior behavior, there have been no issues that I can recall.
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