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.
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.
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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/.
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:
Below is a brief outline of the achievements required for Level 2.
The following military education can be substituted for the Officer Basic Course (a course can only be used once through all Levels):
After completing the steps above you will earn the Benjamin O. Davis Award.
After completing the above steps you will earn the Grover Loening Award and will be authorized to wear the Loening Ribbon.
After completing the above steps you will earn the Paul E. Garber Award and be authorized to wear the Garber Ribbon.
The following military education can be submitted for National Staff College (resident, seminar, or correspondence):
After completing the above steps you will earn the Gill Robb Wilson Award and be authorized to wear the Gill Robb Wilson Ribbon.
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/
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
Free Management Library: http://managementhelp.org/
Respect on Display: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/P151_9028588D89DD2.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
OTHER LEADERSHIP RESOURCES:
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
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
EMERGENCY SERVICES RESOURCES:
(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)
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