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Information for Prospective Members

All new members are required to complete the Level 1 training within the first month after receiving their CAP ID Card.  Level 1 training gives the new member an idea of what is expected of him/her as a member of CAP.

  1. The Level I Orientation is the first of CAP's Five professional development program levels. During this training you will be exposed to the history of our organization and familiarize yourself with the general policies and procedures. To complete this level, complete the Level 1 Orientation course with the help of your Professional Development Officer (PDO) as outlined below (in accordance with CAPR 50-17). Should you have any questions about what you are leaning in level one please do not hesitate to talk to your mentor, unit Professional Development Officer, or unit Commander.
  2. Also required is Cadet Protection Program Training (CPPT).  We are a “composite squadron” so our activities routinely include interaction with cadets.
  3. The last segment is the Operational Security Course (OPSEC).  This is a mandatory course due to our exposure to sensitive information.

FLYING (Pilots Only):  To fly one of our aircraft, we have two; you need to be checked out by a CAP Check Pilot.   Once checked out, you can use our aircraft for proficiency flying.  We also have a couple of Instructor Pilots that will fly with you and get you ready for the check ride.  

FLYING (Pilots and Non-Pilots):  There are a variety of flying, or aircrew roles, for pilots and non-pilots alike.  Pilots and non-pilots usually start as a Mission Scanner, which is the aircrew member responsible for aerial searching and other related tasks.  Other non-rated aircrew jobs include Mission Observer and Airborne Photographer.  The Mission Observer operates radios, conducts visual and electronic searches, and may assist with navigation and mission planning.  Airborne Photography is an increasing role for CAP, often responsible for capture of disaster relief or other images from the air.  Pilots may train as Cadet Orientation Ride pilots, Transport Mission Pilots, or Mission Pilots.  Mountain flying requires additional training.

EMERGENCY SERVICES:  Aside from squadron jobs, many members choose to participate in Civil Air Patrol’s emergency services program.  CAP conducts search & rescue missions, disaster relief, and other missions in support of national, state, and local governments.  Missions sometimes benefit other non-profit organizations such as American Red Cross or Salvation Army.  Performance of those missions typically requires significant mission staff in addition to aircrews and ground teams.  Mission base specialties accomplish oversight, planning, and support activities to ensure mission success.  Aircrews and ground teams should also be prepared to work in mission base jobs.

SQUADRON JOBS:  CAP depends entirely on volunteers to run the squadron.  Members are highly encouraged to take on squadron jobs, in addition to flying or other emergency services roles.  A wide variety of skills are needed: finance, information technology, teaching, public affairs, communications, administration, and more are all necessary and valued jobs.  Professional training and mentoring are offered to assist members learning squadron jobs.


Regardless of the path you choose to pursue, we encourage all new members to work with a mentor within the squadron to help guide you through the necessary steps to make CAP a rewarding experience.