"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.

Your next 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 as well as throughout your entire career.  You will learn about our history, how to wear the uniform, customs and courtesies, our Core Values and how they are applied.  Your Professional Development Officer will be your mentor as you proceed through the course, providing guidance and advice.  The Orientation course is located on the CAP Learning Management System (LMS) titled "Level 1 Orientation".  Overview page with the Student Guide and the link to the online course..




That's it!

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. 


Senior Member Professional Development

(updated as of 18 Nov 2013)


Senior Members of the Civil Air Patrol are encouraged to train and develop along a deliberate Professional Development Track. This page outlines the steps in Professional Development that Seniors may pursue. Level 1 – Foundations is required for duty assignments, supervising cadets, wearing the AF-style uniform, promoting, or taking Air University courses.  Links to training may be found at http://www.capmembers.com/cap_university/.

Download "Senior Member Super Chart". 

Level 1 Training - Foundations

Please click here to access all requirements for Level I Training. 

After completing Level I training, Senior Members are eligible for the Membership Ribbon. You will need to choose a Specialty Track to pursue Level 2 Training within the Civil Air Patrol. Below are a few specialities to pursue and is not an all-inclusive list:

    • Personnel
    • Public Affairs Officer
    • Administration
    • Flight Operations Officer
    • Emergency Service Officer
    • Communications Officer
    • Aerospace Education Officer
    • Historian
    • Information Technology Officer
    • Cadet Programs Officer

Click here to refer to the pamphlets with job descriptions and training requirements for all Specialty Tracks.

Level 2 Training (Technical Training)

Please click here to access all of the requirements for Level 2 training. 

Below is a brief outline of the achievements required for Level 2. 

  1. Earn a Technician Rating in a Specialty Track (authorizes wear of Leadership Ribbon)
  2. Complete Squadron Leadership School.  
  3. Complete the Officer Basic Course

The following military education can be substituted for the Officer Basic Course (a course can only be used once through all Levels):

      • Any U.S. Armed Forces NCO Academy (E-5 through E-6) or Senior NCO Academy (E-7 through E-9)
      • ROTC, OCS, OTS, or Service Academy completion
      • USAF Squadron Officer School, USA Basic/Advance Officer Courses or USN, USMC, USCG equivalent (Basic Developmental Education
      • US Armed Forces Command and Staff College (Intermediate Developmental Education)
      • US Armed Forces War College (Senior Developmental Education)

After completing the steps above you will earn the Benjamin O. Davis Award. 

Level 3 Training (Management Training)

Click here to access all the achievements required for Level 3 Training. 

  1. Complete the Corporate Learning Course (CLC)
  2. Attend two major conferences
  3. Earn a Senior Rating in a specialty track (authorizes a bronze star on the Leadership Ribbon)
  4. Serve in a Command or Staff position for one year
  5. Earn the Yeager Award (online open book aerospace test)

After completing the above steps you will earn the Grover Loening Award and will be authorized to wear the Loening Ribbon.

Level 4 Training (Command and Staff)

Click here to access all the achievements required for Level 4 Training.

  1. Serve in a Command or Staff position for 2 years cumulative
  2. Serve as a Staff member in a Wing level course or conference
  3. Earn a Master Rating in a Specialty Track (authorizes a silver star on the Leadership Ribbon)
  4. Complete one of the following:
      1. Prepare and deliver a CAP presentation to a non-CAP group.
      2. Conduct a hands-on unit Aerospace Education program, or an external Aerospace Education classroom program
  5. Complete Region Staff College or Equivalent
    The following military education can be submitted for Region Staff College (resident, seminar, or correspondence):
      • Any U.S. Armed Forces Senior NCO Academy (E-7 through E-9)
      • Any U.S. Armed Forces Command and Staff College (Intermediate Developmental Education)
      • Any U.S. Armed Forces War College (Intermediate Developmental Education)
      • USAF Squadron Officer School, USA Basic/Advanced Officer Courses, USN/USMC/USCG equivalent (Basic Developmental Education)

After completing the above steps you will earn the Paul E. Garber Award and be authorized to wear the Garber Ribbon.

Level 5 Training (Executive)

Click here to access all the achievements required for Level 5 Training.

  1. Serve in a Command or Staff position for a total of 3 years
  2. Conduct Level 1 Foundation Course summary conversations (deleted effective 31 Mar 2013)
  3. Serve as a director or staff capacity in a CAP approved course
  4. Mentor a junior senior member officer, flight officer or NCO through the Technician Rating in their specialty track
  5. Complete National Staff College or equivalent

The following military education can be submitted for National Staff College (resident, seminar, or correspondence):

      • Any U.S. Armed Force Senior NCO Academy (E-7 through E-9)
      • Any U.S. Armed Force Command and Staff College (Intermediate Developmental Education)
      • Any U.S. Armed Forces War College (Senior Developmental Education)

After completing the above steps you will earn the Gill Robb Wilson Award and be authorized to wear the Gill Robb Wilson Ribbon. 

You can download a chart outlining progression through the Senior Member Professional Development Program here. 

Professional Development Library



Senior Members of the Civil Air Patrol are encouraged to train and develop along a deliberate Professional Development Track.  In the process of this training and development, there are often books and articles to be read.  Fredericksburg Composite Squadron has developed a Professional Development Library to assist you on the Professional Development path.  

Resources in the library include links to online resources and books available at the squadron along with resources available for loan from other members of the Squadron.  Please take a moment to peruse the list below and discover resources that might be of assistance in your progression along the Professional Development pathway you see before you. 





New Senior Member Kit: http://www.capmembers.com/cap_university/new_member_kit/

Great Start: http://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/Great_Start_Booklet_Adults_7836A661C9F11.pdf

Level I: http://capmembers.com/cap_university/level-1-orientation/

Senior Member Fast Start: http://members.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/u_081503135833.pdf

Uniform Posters (within this booklet): http://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/New_Members_kit_2011_5BDA28783B44E.pdf

New Horizons: Guide for Cadet to Senior Transition: http://members.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/P050_010_14736E2A099A7.pdf

Organization of CAP: http://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/R020_001_73F1BA70FD9EB.pdf

How to Become a CAP Pilot: http://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/HOW_TO_BECOME_A_CAP_PILOTNHQ__10_Ap_6F44E182498C1.doc


CAP RESOURCES (additional publications available at www.gocivilairpatrol.com):

Specialty Track Study Guides (CAPPs 200-228): https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/members/publications/pamphlets-1702

Read to Lead: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/members/cap-university/professional-development/read-to-lead

Lending Library: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/Professional_Development_Library_Ca_606E450A03905.pdf

Free Management Library: http://managementhelp.org/

Mentoring: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/P050_007_CED2A62F71379.pdf

Respect on Display: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/P151_9028588D89DD2.pdf

Protocol: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/P003_FB179DB158264.pdf

Professional Development (CAPR 50-17): https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/R050_017_AAC4BB3089BE0.pdf

Promotions (CAPR35-5): https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/R035_005_489E25C089E93.pdf

Awards (CAPR 39-3): https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/R039_003_83459660D4F44.pdf

Testing (CAPR 40-2): https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/CAPR_402_Test_Admin_BEF827ABD87AF.pdf

Uniforms (CAPR 39-1): https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/M391_E6F33EAAEC28A.pdf



Chief of Staff of the AF Reading List: http://www.af.mil/specials/csafreadinglist/index.html

Air University Concepts for AF Leadership: (AU-24): http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/au-24/cover.htm

Air University Leadership, Ethics, and Command Readings: http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/awc-ldr.htm

DoD and Military Electronic Journals: http://www.au.af.mil/au/aul/periodicals/dodelecj.htm

Air Force Speeches:  http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/AFEvents.aspx

Air University Strategic Leadership Studies: http://leadership.au.af.mil/

Federal Teaching Resources: http://free.ed.gov/

Air Force Drill and Ceremonies: http://www.e-publishing.af.mil/shared/media/epubs/AFMAN36-2203.pdf

Air University Catalog: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/members/cap-university/au-a4-6-students-usaf-dl

Sharing Success - Owning Failure: Preparing to Command in the Twenty-First Century Air Force:  http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/au/goldfein.pdf 



CAP Aircraft Operations: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/emergency-services/aircraft-operations/standardization-and-evaluation

FAA Regulations: http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/faa_regulations/

How to Become a CAP Pilot: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/HOW_TO_BECOME_A_CAP_PILOT_07A373EA8EF32.pdf



(in addition to those on the ES pages)

FEMA NIMS Training: http://www.training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.aspx

FEMA ISP Courses: http://www.training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.aspx

FEMA Smartphone App: http://www.fema.gov/smartphone-app

Virginia EM Resources: http://www.vaemergency.gov/emergency-management-community/emergency-management-resources/

Commonwealth of Virginia Learning Center (to register for in-person ICS courses): https://covlc.virginia.gov/



FCC Website: http://www.fcc.gov/

CAP Communications Resources: login to eServices/bottom of page



Aerospace: The Journey of Flight (for Yeager Award and Cadet Officers): https://www.capnhq.gov/CAP.AEDownloads.Web/Modules/AEDownloads.aspx (eServices login)

Aerospace: The Journey of Flight (published book): available at squadron to borrow

Aerospace: The Journey of Flight (Teacher's Guide): https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/2nd_edition_Teachers_Guide_5D3166D76F9B1.pdf

NASA Website: http://www.nasa.gov/ 

NASA Astronaut Skype: http://www.nasa.gov/about/speakers/astronautappearances.html



Air Force Publications: http://www.e-publishing.af.mil/

Air Force Tongue and Quill: http://static.e-publishing.af.mil/production/1/saf_cio_a6/publication/afh33-337/afh33-337.pdf

CSAF Reading List:  http://static.dma.mil/usaf/csafreadinglist/index.html


(Contact the individual)


American Generalship, Character is Everything: The Art of Command, Edgar F. Puryear Jr (Lt Col Sydow)

Becoming a Person of Influence, John C. Maxwell (Lt Col Sydow)

Developing the Leaders Around You, John C. Maxwell (Lt Col Sydow)

Lincoln on Leadership, Donald Phillips (Lt Col Sydow)

The Winning Attitude, John C. Maxwell (Lt Col Sydow)

The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, John C. Maxwell (Lt Col Sydow or Capt Fletcher)

The 360-Degree Leader, John C. Maxwell (Lt Col Sydow)

Effective Leadership in Voluntary Organizations: How to Make the Greatest Use of Citizen Service and Influence - Brian O'Connell (Capt Fletcher)

Who Moved My Cheese? - Dr. Spencer Johnson (Capt Fletcher)

Principle-Centered Leadership - Stephen R. Covey (Capt Fletcher)

The Heart of Leadership: 12 Practices of Courageous Leaders - Robert E. Staub, II (Capt Fletcher)

The Leadership Challenge - Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner (Capt Fletcher)

Good to Great - Jim Collins (Capt Fletcher)

Spiritual Leadership - Henry & Richard Blackaby (Capt Fletcher)

Upside Down: The Paradox of Servant Leadership - Stacy T. Rinehart (Capt Fletcher)

The Making of a Leader: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development - Robert Clinton (Capt Fletcher)

Leadership Jazz - Max DePree (Capt Fletcher) 

Leaders on Leadership - George Barna (Capt Fletcher) 

Glory* (Lt Col Sydow)

Miracle* (Lt Col Sydow)

Red Tails (Lt Col Sydow)

The Right Stuff* (Lt Col Sydow)

Rudy* (Lt Col Sydow)

Thirteen Days* (Lt Col Sydow)

* Used in SLS 

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