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The Peace Corps boasts that it receives a great many initial applications for Volunteer service. It’s recently announced, for example, that applications are up “70%.”
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Just how do they begin, although sports memorabilia accumulate. Firstly it is vital that you recognize the distinctions between the following conditions: memorabilia and souvenirs. More often than not, shirts, cards, all photos or related sports equipment which have been signed by an athlete are believed unforgettable. Nevertheless, it's important the trademark has-been authorized with a reputable provider before it is considered real. All other imitation and reliable sports items which can be not signed, or are closed but have not been authenticated, are believed collectibles.Before setting up a sports collectibles collection it's not unimportant to get a notion of just how much you're ready to spend on your activity. For those who have a set budget before you start buying then this will help from producing any expensive and energetic acquisitions prevent you. Your allowance may also enable you to figure out what form of memorabilia you are likely to contain within your series. Don't unafraid of beginning modest as your assortment will certainly expand over time.It is definitely far better maintain the learn when starting out and sports collectibles collecting is not no same memorabilia gathering is not no same and the know when starting out. Should you familiarise oneself with which corporations have signing relates to which athletesmen then you is likely to make the task of searching for sports collectibles a lot simpler and your research and find out about some sports collectibles suppliers. It will also reduce the danger of shopping for deceptive product as you must know more about things to look-out for.You will require most of the assist you to can get when beginning using a memorabilia collection; therefore it is really worth your while learning nearby sports collectibles merchants and fans. These can be wonderful firsthand assets to get a person simply starting out having a collection plus they might help you track down consultant bits once you struggle to uncover them.Educating yourself about collectibles sham and just how to identify is a good way of defending yourself. While seeking new items, usually remain from the principle of in the event the value appears too good to become correct, the probabilities are it is! Never buy anything that doesn't incorporate paperwork be confident to solely buy from reputable retailers and you ought to guard yourself from memorabilia and to confirm its reliability fraud.Once you've started initially to build a superb assortment of sports collectibles up, don't forget your items. Take the time and money to aid protect your selection such that it endures for as long as possible, and may you determine to offer it on, you need to be in a position to get yourself a superior asking price.An activity collecting sports souvenirs can be extremely pleasant and certainly will possibly be fiscally gratifying if performed effectively. Your activity can very quickly turn in to an expenditure knowing-how, but it may last an eternity when you want to maintain your variety as anything to be appreciated and experienced.
 
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However, according to the most recent statistics released by the Peace Corps to Wiki under the Freedom of Information Act, the agency has no current surplus of applicants '''who are medically qualified to become Peace Corps Volunteers.''' Only medically fit applicants can become Volunteers, so emphasizing the size of the initial applicant pool can be irrelevant and misleading.
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Indeed, for the Peace Corps to tout how many initial “applicants” they have before the medical screening process may be intentionally misleading. '''The Peace Corps knows that applicants might lose interest in joining if they hear that the agency is having trouble filling its slots.'''
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==What the Shortage of Applicants Means==
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'''The truth is that the selectivity of Volunteers is minimal''' – other than to determine if the applicant is medically fit. One hundred percent of the applicants who are medically fit are invited to training and service as a Volunteer.
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'''This means that applicants who are medically fit could have virtually unlimited leverage with the Peace Corps to control the placement process.''' They could, for example, insist on being sent to a country with a low early quit rate and with the best survey responses from the Volunteers (these results are posted on the Wiki). The Peace Corps could then no longer say, “If you don’t accept this offer, there might not be another.” If no surplus exists, that warning is merely a ruse. The Peace Corps has no surplus of applicants it can turn to if one applicant become selective and refuses to adhere to the script of the bureaucrats. 
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Applicants should have no fear of insisting that they be placed in a country with a low early quit rate and strongly positive ratings from the annual survey of Volunteers. The potential power rests with the applicants. This is a case where the buyer is king. In the commercial market place, if sellers outnumber buyers, the buyers are usually king. That’s the situation with the Peace Corps application process.
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The Peace Corps has tacitly acknowledged this situation with its recent statement that it will now – as it never has before – seek to honor the country and program requests of the applicants, seek to expedite the onerous medical screening process, and otherwise cater to the applicants. See [http://www.peacecorps.gov/media/forpress/press/2418/ http://www.peacecorps.gov/media/forpress/press/2418/]
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'''In addition to a shortage of applications, the number of Peace Corps Volunteers in the field seems to be declining in real terms'''. In 2009, 4,188 Volunteers entered service; in 2010, 4,338; in 2011, only 3,431; and in 2012, 2,871. '''This implies that the problem is more than the absence of a surplus; the Peace Corps is contracting.'''
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Would an individual want to attend a college that could barely fill its freshman class and accepted 100% of the applicants? Or is not able to fill its Freshman class? What would this lack of selectivity mean in terms of the quality of their classmates and the value of the degree?
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==Background of the Data==
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Six years ago PC Wiki received data from the Peace Corps – via a FOIA request – that in FY 2007 the Peace Corps received 11,108 applications, but only 4,588 survived the medical and legal clearance process to become “qualified.” Of this pool, 4,408 were invited to training. This means that of this pool of “qualified” applicants, 96% or all but 180 were invited to training. The ratio of those who were medically and legally cleared to those who were invited to training was 1.04 to 1.
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Pursuant to the same FOIA request, Wiki found that in FY 2008 the Peace Corps reported that it received 13,041 applications, but only 4,265 survived the medical and legal clearance process to become “qualified.” Of this pool, 4,123 were invited to training. This means that from this pool of “qualified” applicants, 96.7% or all but 142 were invited to training. The ratio of those who were medically cleared to those who were invited to training was 1.03 to 1.
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When the Wiki filed a FOIA request to update this data, it was absolutely clear what we wanted. Indeed, PC Wiki cited the data it had previously received from the Peace Corps as the template for what it was asking in the new request. Nonetheless, the Peace Corps dissembled for six months – repeatedly misconstruing the request for what was being sought and forwarding the wrong data in an obvious attempt to hide the facts about the applicant pool shortage.  
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The Peace Corps finally complied with FOIA and provided current data that show that in 2009 89% of the applicants who were medically fit were invited to training and service; in 2010, 87%; in 2011, 90%; and in  2012, 99%. Indeed, in 2012, only 16 of the applicants who were found to be medically fit were not invited to training and service. Printed below is the table from which these percentages are derived.
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==A Shortage of Applicants Means Lack of Selectivity==
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The lack of selectivity at the Peace Corps compares unfavorably with the acceptance rate for Teach for America, which also involves a two-year service commitment. In 2011 it received a record number of 48,000 applications. The organization selected 5,200 applicants to be teachers — 77 percent graduated this spring, 6 percent of them graduate students and 17 percent professionals.  In 2010 the organization received 46,000 applications and accepted 12 percent.  
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The fact that the Peace Corps is not selective – other than for medical fitness – means that it cannot select the applicants who have the greatest commitment to grassroots development assistance, those with the deepest experience of immersion in a foreign culture, or those with particularly useful skills. The absence of selectivity means that the Peace Corps is taking in many who will quit early – one explanation for the high and costly early quit rates.  
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'''The bottom line for applicants is clear. Applicants have power. They can insist that they be sent to a country with a low early quit rate and superior ratings from the annual surveys of Volunteers. PC Wiki recommends that applicants insist on their requests, and, if they are not honored,  that their applications be placed on hold until they are honored.'''
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The Peace Corps may complain that these statistics are not the most current, but it has the power to publish the most current statistics. It could admit that it has an application shortage. It could admit that it is unable to be selective, other than for medical fitness.  
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==Conclusion==
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As for PC Wiki, we have found that securing data from the Peace Corps under the Freedom of Information Act to be so difficult that no additional FOIA requests for updates of the selectivity/application data will be filed. Wiki urges applicants to request the most current data from their recruitment officers. (Applicants should seek the percentage of applicants who have survived the medical screening process who are invited to training.) If the placement officer won’t provide the current statistics, applicants should put their applications on hold until the Peace Corps becomes transparent with applicants.
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The reason that Wiki is publishing these data is to encourage the Peace Corps to intervene to reform the poorly managed programs. If applicants use the data to become selective and to employ their latent power arising from the shortage of applicants, the Peace Corps may have to reform the poorly managed programs. Wiki is attempting to use market forces – consumer demand – to drive reform. Applicants have power, both to secure an invitation to serve in a well managed country and also to encourage the Peace Corps to overhaul the poorly managed countries.
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==Applicant Pool Data: 2009 - 2012==
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{| border="1" cellpadding="2" align="center" width="75%"
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|colspan="7" align="top" |'''Applicant Cohort Actions - FY 2009-2012
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Follows a cohort of applicants that applied during a particular fiscal year through the application process'''
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| Fiscal Year || Number of Applicants || Applicants Who Were Nominated || Applicants Who Were Medically and Legally Qualified || Applicants Who Were Invited for Service || Applicants with an Active Status ''(The number of applicants in each cohort that are active as of 4.7.2014 who may still advance through the application process)'' || Applicants Who Entered on Duty
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| 2009 || 14,647 || 8,109 || 4,735 || 4,201 || 2 || 4,188
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| 2010 || 12,881 || 8,326 || 4,981 || 4,353 || 9 || 4,338
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| 2011 || 11,847 || 6,616 || 3,940 || 3,549 || 14 || 3,431
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| 2012 || 10,526 || 5,469 || 3,759 || 3,743 || 559 || 2,871
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Latest revision as of 22:19, 25 April 2015

Just how do they begin, although sports memorabilia accumulate. Firstly it is vital that you recognize the distinctions between the following conditions: memorabilia and souvenirs. More often than not, shirts, cards, all photos or related sports equipment which have been signed by an athlete are believed unforgettable. Nevertheless, it's important the trademark has-been authorized with a reputable provider before it is considered real. All other imitation and reliable sports items which can be not signed, or are closed but have not been authenticated, are believed collectibles.Before setting up a sports collectibles collection it's not unimportant to get a notion of just how much you're ready to spend on your activity. For those who have a set budget before you start buying then this will help from producing any expensive and energetic acquisitions prevent you. Your allowance may also enable you to figure out what form of memorabilia you are likely to contain within your series. Don't unafraid of beginning modest as your assortment will certainly expand over time.It is definitely far better maintain the learn when starting out and sports collectibles collecting is not no same memorabilia gathering is not no same and the know when starting out. Should you familiarise oneself with which corporations have signing relates to which athletesmen then you is likely to make the task of searching for sports collectibles a lot simpler and your research and find out about some sports collectibles suppliers. It will also reduce the danger of shopping for deceptive product as you must know more about things to look-out for.You will require most of the assist you to can get when beginning using a memorabilia collection; therefore it is really worth your while learning nearby sports collectibles merchants and fans. These can be wonderful firsthand assets to get a person simply starting out having a collection plus they might help you track down consultant bits once you struggle to uncover them.Educating yourself about collectibles sham and just how to identify is a good way of defending yourself. While seeking new items, usually remain from the principle of in the event the value appears too good to become correct, the probabilities are it is! Never buy anything that doesn't incorporate paperwork be confident to solely buy from reputable retailers and you ought to guard yourself from memorabilia and to confirm its reliability fraud.Once you've started initially to build a superb assortment of sports collectibles up, don't forget your items. Take the time and money to aid protect your selection such that it endures for as long as possible, and may you determine to offer it on, you need to be in a position to get yourself a superior asking price.An activity collecting sports souvenirs can be extremely pleasant and certainly will possibly be fiscally gratifying if performed effectively. Your activity can very quickly turn in to an expenditure knowing-how, but it may last an eternity when you want to maintain your variety as anything to be appreciated and experienced.