HERE'S HOW TO GET STARTED
Note: Your Cadet Chain of Command will guide you through your CAP career.
First and foremost, you should check out this link on CAP's
new website, www.gocivilairpatrol.com . Here is a link to the page for new cadets:
Help for New Cadets at www.gocivilairpatrol.com
Once you get your ID card, you need to login to e-Services and order your short sleeves blue's uniform. Instructions can be found on the last page of your application or CAPF 15. Consult your deputy commander of cadets or cadet commander for help.
After you get your ID card it will take about 2 weeks for your CAPID number to come online. Once that occurs, it will take another week or two for your books to arrive. During that time, attend the squadron meetings in your unit and ask questions so you can learn the ropes of what it takes to become a cadet.
Your current grade is a cadet airman basic, no stripes. You must begin working towards your first stripe, or cadet airman.
Requirments to promote to cadet airman:
CPFT exam- cadet physical fitness exam. This test is given by your squadron at least once per month. It is composed of a mile run, sit ups (timed for 1:00), push ups, shuttle run, and sit & reach. To see what you have to score go to this link- CAPP_52-18,PT_manual.pdf
Character Development- once per achievement in your squadron. You must attend at least one lesson.
Leadership Test- you must take your first exam. Study chapter 1 in your Leadership 2000 and Beyond textbook. When you are ready, you may take the test. To pass, you must score a 70 or above. We test on the first and third meetings of the month. Effective April 2010, achievement test will be taken online.
Drill Test- you must take a basic drill exam after completing and pssing the Curry leadership written exam. You can find the movements that you will need to know at the end of your leadership textbook. For reference on how to do these, review them in the drill manual, drill manual- AFMAN_36-2203,_Drill_Manual.pdf
Once you have completed these tasks successfully, you will promote to the grade of cadet airman. You will then progress throughout the program. You can promote once every two months. Refer to the CAPR 52-16, Cadet Program Management for a complete list of what tasks are to be completed for each cadet grade- CAPR_52-16,_Cadet_Program_Management.pdf
ADDITIONAL TASKS- you should do these quickly upon becoming a member and receiving your CAPID card in order to take full advantage of the many other opportunities that are available:
GES (General Emergency Services) introduces you to one of CAP's missions: emergency services. This prepares you to work in the search and rescue world. It introduces you to how CAP operates in its emergency operations. Here is the link for GES- GES .
The material for the course can be found here. It is quick and easy. You can use the material when taking the questionnaire. Go through the presentation and then take the questionnaire on the bottom of the list. Pass it, and you are GES qualified. You can then move on to earning ES specialties.
Next, you can get your OPSEC (Operational Security Course) out of the way. Click here to go to it https://tests.cap.af.mil/opsec/main.cfm . This is a short presentation presenting information that is vital to our security. It is also quick and easy. Once you have completed it, e-services will show the completion with date.
If you have any questions about the program, do not hesitate to dicuss this with your mentor. Each squadron should assign a mentor to each new member.