BCT Flight

Congratulations on your new membership in Civil Air Patrol and the Thunderbird Composite Squadron!

The Basic Cadet Training Flight is geared to rapidly jump start your experience as a Cadet in CAP.  As you start your training, start becoming familiar with the resources on the flight’s web page.

Quick Start Steps:

1.  Once you have joined, download the Squadron’s New Cadet Guide.  This guide will show you the ropes of the cadet program and give you an overview of how the cadet program works.
Icon of New Cadet Guide - Revised 2014 New Cadet Guide - Revised 2014 (416.7 KiB)
Icon of New Cadet Guide (cont) New Cadet Guide (cont) (561.4 KiB)

2.  Alternatively, take a look at National’s New Cadet Guide.

3.  Start working on acquiring uniforms.  Typically, the Service Uniform can be provided by CAP at no cost.  Visit the Cadet Uniform Site for more details or speak to your BCT Flight Staff.  The Battle Dress Uniform uniform is not free.  However, there are ways to purchase a uniform for a reduced cost.  Surplus stores are always a good option to save money.

4.  Meet with the Squadron Supply Officer to purchase insignia for the Service Uniform and the Battle Dress Uniform.  The Squadron’s PT t-shirt is also available from the supply officer for a cost of $12.  The PT Uniform (consisting of the t-shirt and weather appropriate pants or shorts) is worn on designated PT meeting nights.  Request for uniform items can be made via the Logistics Dept. web page.

5.  When attending meetings before you join, or before you have a complete uniform, wear a white t-shirt and jeans.  On PT nights, those that haven’t joined should wear white t-shirt and jeans.  Those cadets who are members, but do not have the PT uniform may wear athletic clothes.

6.  As a member of the BCT flight, you will be receiving structured training to get you a general understanding of what Civil Air Patrol has to offer.  The BCT Flight Training Plan curriculum will get new members ready to promote to their first grade of Cadet Airman as well as build the foundation of a great cadet career in eight weeks.

Common Questions:

1.  How do I earn my first promotion? Visit Stripes to Diamonds. It’ll tell you exactly what you need to do to become a Cadet Airman. Keep track of your progress through the Cadet Program using the Personal Cadet Tracker. And if your New Cadet Kit hasn’t arrived yet, you can download Chapter 1 of the leadership textbook above.

2.  Where’s my membership card? You should receive your CAP ID card in the mail within 30 days of joining. If yours hasn’t arrived, please contact us.

3.  What is my CAPID? Your CAPID is a 6-digit identification number. It’s found on your membership card and in eServices.

4.  What is eServices? eServices is your online membership record. Be sure to visit eServices, create your free account, and verify that we have your correct contact information.  Maj Dan Routier created the The Guide to Starting eServices to help new cadets navigate through the program.

5.  How do I get my free cadet uniform? Please visit our Cadet Uniform Program page for details.

6.  How am I supposed to wear my uniform? Download the uniform mini-posters above (they’re also in your New Cadet Kit). For tips and tricks, visit Cadet Stuff. And for full details, see CAPM39-1, “CAP Uniform Manual.

7.  How do I get insignia and patches for my uniform? First, check with your squadron — they might have insignia for you. If not,you can purchase them from our vendor, Vanguard. Here’s a list of the insignia needed for the uniforms:

Air Force “Blues” Uniform Camouflage “BDU” Uniform
Flight cap device – CAP0748A “Civil Air Patrol” cloth tape  – CAP0599K
3-Line nameplate (last name) – CAP0599M Cloth nametape (last name) – CAP0599HA
CAP cutouts – CAP0820 US Flag patch (reverse) – 4432430
CAP cutouts – CAP0820
Note: only one set of CAP cutouts is needed, even if the cadet has both uniforms


8.  How do I get my cadet binder and textbooks? About 30 days after joining, you should receive a New Cadet Kit in the mail. If you haven’t received yours after one month, please speak with your BCT flight staff.

9.  What are some general hints that will help me get the most out of CAP? Check out our Top Ten wallet card, which is included in your New Cadet Kit.

10.  Where do I go if I have more questions? Talk with local leaders in your squadron, especially your Cadet Element Leader or Cadet Flight Sergeant. Their job is to help you succeed in CAP. You also might want to check out the CAP Knowledgebase and the articles and forums at Cadet Stuff. Moms and dads should visit our Parents’ Page.

-Taken from Capmembers.com

New Member Files:

Download the first chapter of the Leadership test.


TX-179 Thunderbird Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol

Our Mission:
To serve America by performing Homeland Security and humanitarian missions for our communities, states, and nation; developing our country's youth; and educating our citizens on the importance of air and space power.
Our Core Values:
Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, Respect

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