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New Cadets:

Head over to the Basic Cadet Training Flight’s Webpage for all the orientation information that you might need.

New Senior Members:


As a brand new senior member, you will begin your training in the Civil Air Patrol Professional Development Program’s Level I training.  This course will provide a general orientation about our organization, its history, and the make up of it in the current day.  The Level I training is offered online and is done in the member’s own time.  Upon completion, you will meet with a mentor and discuss all that you have learned.  Your mentor will certify that all requirements of the course have been completed and you will be eligible for CAP’s Membership Award and ribbon.

Access the Level I Website

Advancement in CAP:

In CAP, members have many opportunities for advancement, recognition, and promotion.  Like the military, our members have grades such as Major, Captain and 1st Lieutenant.  Earning these promotions require various accomplishments in the Professional Development Program, durations of time spent in CAP as an active member, and participating in the staff responsibilities assigned to you.

Your Grade


As soon as you join the organization and your CAP Identification Number is generated, you will be the grade of “Senior Member”.  After completing the Level I training in the professional development program and spending 6 months in the program in good standing, you will be promoted to the grade of Second Lieutenant.  Questions about promotion criteria?  Take a look at CAP Regulation 35-5

Duty Assignments and Specialty Tracks

Soon after completing Level I training, your mentor or the Professional Development officer will discuss with you what type of squadron duty assignment you would be interested in.  CAP has many different fields of duty assignments (over 30 in all) that range from Emergency Services officer, to Public Affairs officer, to Logistics officer.  These positions support the many facets of our day to day operations and are crucial to all three missions CAP performs.  After working with your mentor to pick an assignment that both interests you and benefits the unit, you will begin training in the Specialty Track that corresponds with that duty assignment.  Specialty Tracks serve as the training program that teach you how perform the tasks of a duty assignment.

The Professional Development Program Level II training closely incorporates your first Specialty Track training into its curriculum.  Check Level II’s website for a full list of all the Specialty Tracks.  Also on the web site, you will find each Specialty Track’s Training Pamphlet.  This document will explain all the ins and outs of performing your duty assignment in the unit.  It will also tell your the steps required to earn Ratings in your Specialty Track.  Each track has a Technician, Senior and Master rating, which once earned, certifies you for taking on more responsibility in your duty assignment at the unit.


You may be asking yourself at this point, what is the different between what I am learning in the Professional Development Program and my Specialty Track?  Well think of the Specialty Track training simply as how to do the tasks required to perform a job duty.  On the other hand, the Professional Development Program builds leadership skills, teaches you about how CAP works nation wide along side the Air Force and other government agencies.  Most importantly, it teaches you how to be an officer representing our organization and our Core Values.

At this point, if the training process seems overwhelming, don’t be worried!  As a new staff member, you will be working under a trained staff officer that has been in your shoes and can make the whole process seem like a piece of cake.

How Do I Participate In Our Emergency Services Mission?

With the exception of the Emergency Services officer and Disaster Services officer, most staff duty positions don’t exclusively deal with performing our Emergency Services Missions.  However, everyone regardless of duty assignment, can participate in our Search and Rescue, and Disaster teams.  The Emergency Services missions have job positions that are filled by persons who train and are qualified by a separate curriculum of training.  Some examples of ES jobs are Mission Pilot, Ground Team Member, and Mission Radio Operator.


If you are interested in starting your training for an Emergency Services, speak with one of the Emergency Services officers.  They will be able to point you in a direction so that you can see what role you are interested in and begin the required learning.


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