New Senior Member Help
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Confused about how to get started, all the acronyms, initial training, uniforms, regulations?
Review this Basic New Member Roadmap.
The Seattle Composite Squadron has designed an excellent more detailed CAP New Member Intro/Roadmap. This document is geared to new senior members interested in emergency services operations training, primarily aircrew. It contains information and links on:
- Overview of CAP missions
- Senior member grades
- Uniform quick reference
- Applying for membership
- Initial required training
- How to become a CAP pilot
- ES training
- ES positions available and required training paths - aircrew, ground team, mission base
- Incident Command System quick reference
Quick Guide to CAP Manuals and Regulations
CAP has a lot of manuals and regulations. Some are relevant primarily to officers with certain duty assignments. Others contain general information about which all members should be knowledgeable.
Here are the initial ones to become familiar with.
Organization of Civil Air Patrol
|This regulation provides an overview of CAP's structure, from National to individual units. It also lists most of the duty positions at each echelon of command. This is good background information.|
CAP Officer and Noncommissioned Officer Appointments and Promotions
|This regulation lists the various qualifications required for promotion through CAP's grade structure. CAP cadets promote through grades matching the U.S. Air Force enlisted ranks. CAP senior members promote through grades matching the U.S. Air Force officer ranks. Again, good background information.|
CAP Uniform Manual
|This manual lists the approved uniforms for senior and cadet members for all purposes, from dress to utility. Read carefully to configure your uniform properly! Ask a more experienced member for tips.|
CAP Senior Member Professional Development Program
|This regulation describes the training and advancement path for senior members. Professional Development is one of CAP's core programs for senior members. Each level of advancement requires additional training on increasingly broad aspects of CAP membership and management and allows further promotion and awards.|
These are also important if you participate in certain aspects of Civil Air Patrol missions.
CAP Flight Management
|This regulation describes the requirements and restrictions for operating CAP aircraft. This is important knowledge if you are or plan to become a CAP pilot.|
CAP Emergency Services Training and Operational Missions
|This regulation describes the requirements and restrictions for particpating in emergency services operations. This is important knowledge if you are or plan to become involved in CAP's ES mission.|
|This regulation describes the requirements, limitations and procedures for using radio equipment. This is important knowledge if you are or plan to participate in radio operations.|
|This regulation describes the detailed procedures for using radio equipment. This is important knowledge if you are or plan to participate in radio operations.|
*Information courtesy of the Seattle Composite Squadron @http://www.capseattle.org
Detailed TO/DO Guide for New Members
This guide should help you complete necessary tasks as you become a Senior Member.
1. With your membership, you should have received a copy of the CAP Member Fast Start
2. As soon as you get a CAP membership number (CAPID), go here and register for use of
THIS TRAINING SHOULD BE COMPLETED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.
4. When that training has been completed, you will have completed Level I. You MAY be promoted
5. Complete General Emergency Services (GES) training (CAPT 116 & 117) and exams here . (This usually takes several
Level I and Higher
6. After Level I completion has been posted in e-Services, choose a Specialty Track.
Reference Information Civil Air Patrol Regulation (CAPR) 50-17 is the reference for most of
7. Get a CAP driver's license (here). [Optional, unless you plan to drive a Corporate Vehicle]
8. Complete the Ground Handling Video on e-Services here (about fifteen minutes).
10. Complete Aerospace Education Training for Senior Members (AEPSM) and exam here
11. As time permits, complete the remaining two Safety courses and all three Risk Management courses here
12. Complete FEMA IS100, IS200, IS700, and IS800 here (one hour or more per
13. Complete Mission Scanner (MS) classroom training (two days -- offered at various
Go here and select and complete each step described below. You should complete this training within a year of completing Level I, so start right away and complete it as you have time.
At this point you are well on your way. There is also specialized training available for specific CAP activities such as cadet programs, aerial photography, aerospace education, and chaplains, to name a few.
Level III, IV, and V
Return to the CAP University link here to continue your progress in the CAP for Levels III, IV, and V.
1. Most online test scores are automatically captured by e-Services. However, the Summary
NOTE: CAPR 50-17 paragraph 3-9a requires that the Summary
2. Progression through the CAP PD Levels II-V is recorded using CAPF 24.
3. Promotions are recorded using CAPF 2.
4. Electronic forms are mandatory, aside from a few financial, and other forms specified in the
Note: In order to verify the signature, the e-Signer must be the person sending the form.
It helps to take training as soon as it is available, whether it is required immediately for your next promotion or CAP activity, or another promotion down the line. The sooner you complete it, the farther along your career track you will be, and the less you will have to complete on short notice before your next promotion or to participate in selected CAP activities. Also, some requirements, such as specialty track achievements, cannot be completed back-to-back.
After the completion of Level I, the CAP has provisions for appointments and promotions other than for duty performance described above. These include special appointments; e.g., for prior military service, mission-related skills such as Commercial Pilots, and professional appointments, such as Lawyers, Doctors, Nurses, and educators. These are described in CAPR 35-5.
If you qualify for promotion through one of these channels, you should still participate in CAP Professional Development training at least through Level II in order to be well-rounded and well-grounded in the CAP. Also, subsequent promotions still require the PD level achievements described in Appendix 1 of CAPR 50-17.
One warning: Don't hesitate to say "NO" when you need to. Every member in the CAP faces and understands the same demands and respects the need for limitations on your time. Don't get burned out from spreading yourself too thin; that doesn't do you or the CAP any good.
Credit for this information is from Site:
Thanks to firstname.lastname@example.org, James L. Freemn and Katrina Thompson of
South Carolina Wing, Civil Air Patrol