"Level I" Training for Senior Members
As a new member in the Civil Air Patrol, the first thing you should do is meet with your Professional Development Officer (PDO) and Commander to lay out a plan of action for your career in CAP.
New senior members are introduced to the Civil Air Patrol through the "Level I" member orientation process. The orientation includes the following online courses and a series of in-person discussions. Once these courses are complete, Level I concludes with a discussion on individual goals and duty assignment. A mentor will be assigned based on these goals and assignments.
By completing the online Operations Security (OPSEC) Awareness Training, you will know how to handle sensitive information concerning our missions, our capabilities and our partner agencies. The OPSEC awareness training also allows CAP to validate to our partner agencies that members whom we entrust with sensitive information have the necessary training and have agreed to protect that information.
This training takes most people less than 20 minutes and concludes with an opportunity to agree to protect sensitive information. This is called a "Non Disclosure Agreement" (NDA) and each member's agreement will be recorded electronically in their membership records. This NDA will be required before a member can access sensitive information or participate in certain missions. This training is mandatory for all CAP officer members and Cadet Sponsor Members. It is an online only course. The following is a secure website and the initial screen will ask some questions to verify your identity.
It is imperative that CAP members work as safely as possible when carrying out the important missions of our organization. CAP has a dedicated safety and risk reduction program that work to reduce the likelihood of injury or property damage. All new members are required to review a short presentation on the CAP safety program. This program outlines the impacts of the safety program and the responsibility of each member to cooperate towards creating a safe enviroment.
The Introduction to CAP Safety presentation is available here (eServices login required).
Your last task is to complete the Level 1 Orientation Course. In the Orientation Course, you will gain a breadth of knowledge that will serve you well as you begin your journey and through your entire career. You will learn about our history, how to wear the uniform, customs and courtesies, and our core values and how they are applied. Your PDO will be your mentor as you proceed through the course to provide guidance and advise. The Orientation course is located on the CAP Learning Management System (LMS) titled "Level 1 Orientation". You can link to an overview page with the Student Guide and the link to the online course here.
At the completion of your Level I training, you will be eligible to wear the Membership ribbon and participate as an active member. Now, you are ready to continue forward in your Civil Air Patrol experience with some additional training!
As always, if you have any questions along the way don't hesitate to ask your Professional Development Officer or any member of the squadron's Command Staff.