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New Member Orientation - Professional Development

There are five levels in the officer "professional development" program. Each level has several categories of tasks to complete to satisfy completion of that level. Officers are promoted when they meet all requirements for level completion, serve the required time in grade, and fulfill any additional skill requirements. All new officers start out at the grade of "Senior Member".

The below sections will detail each level and walk through step by step completion of each level.

Please note: The terms senior member and officer member are interchangeable. The official term for an adult member is currently Officer Member. In the past adult members carried the term Senior Member. Some publication, forms, and documents have not been updated to reflect the change in terminology.

CAPR 50-17, Officer Member Professional Development ProgramPDF

 



Level I - Foundation

To complete Level I, there are three tasks which must be satisfied:

The CAP Foundations Course

This is a self paced, open book course comprised of six modules. The course covers history, policies, uniforms, customs and courtesies, leadership, and core values.

Cadet Protection Policy Training (CPPT)

CPPT helps ensure a healthy and safe environment for cadets while providing the foundation for a professional climate and the highest standards of behavior of all our members in leadership positions.

Operations Security (OPSEC) Awareness Training

One of the key aspects of mission preparedness is training. 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.

After completion of the above tasks, the unit professional development officer will submit a CAPF 11 to CAP National Headquarters for processing. Upon completion of Level I, members are awarded the "Membership Award" and after six months time in grade become eligible for promotion to Second Lieutenant.



Level II - Technical Training

After completing Level I, you are ready to begin training to become a staff member. Level II is designed to provide your initial technical training in a duty specialty that supports the operation of the squadron. The squadron is the building block for the entire organization - a strong foundation at this level allows a sound path for your career in Civil Air Patrol and your specialty track is where it all begins. Much like Level I, there are three primary tasks involved in completing Level II.

Specialty Track - Technician Rating
Civil Air Patrol Specialty Tracks correspond directly or very closely to your duty assignment within the unit and are recognized through three ratings. The first is the technician rating, the second rating is your senior rating, and the third and highest rating level is the master rating. Each specialty track is unique and has its own set of requirements for completion.

Squadron Leadership School (SLS)
The Squadron Leadership School (SLS) is designed to (1) enhance a senior member's performance at the squadron level and (2) to increase understanding of the basic function of a squadron and how to improve squadron operations. Prerequisites for attendance are the completion of Level I and enrollment in one or more specialty tracks.

CAP Basic Officer Course / AFIADL 13
The CAPSOC provides study in areas essential to becoming an effective leader in CAP, e.g., communications, leadership, and management. Since CAP deems this course necessary for career development, any CAP senior member who has completed Level I may apply. CAP members who have completed a Professional Military Education (PME) school equivalent to the CAPSOC may use this equivalent as a substitute. Under certain conditions cadets may also enroll in CAPSOC (see CAPR 52-16 for details). NOTE: This course is often referred to as "ECI-13" - Air Force Institute for Advanced Distributed Learning (AFIADL) is the new name and course numbers should reflect this change (ex. CAPSOC = AFIADL-13).

Upon successful completion of a technician rating in any specialty track members are awarded the "Leadership Award." Once the member has 12 months time in grade as a Second Lieutenant, they are eligible for promotion to First Lieutenant. Members become eligible for promotion to Captain once they have completed all requirements of Level 2 and have served 18 months as a First Lieutenant.



Level III - Management

CAP designed professional development at this level for members serving as squadron, group, or wing commanders and staff officers. Criteria for completion of this level include the following:

Specialty Track - Senior Rating

Civil Air Patrol Specialty Tracks correspond directly or very closely to your duty assignment within the unit and are recognized through three ratings. The first is the technician rating, the second rating is your senior rating, and the third and highest rating level is the master rating. Each specialty track is unique and has its own set of requirements for completion.

Command or Staff Assignment

Occupy a command or staff position for a total of one year of service to Civil Air Patrol.

Two wing, region, or national conferences

These conferences afford CAP members a broad view of the corporation's organization and exposes them to pending opportunities and issues. The National Congress on Aviation and Space Education and a region/wing aerospace education conference are credited as conferences. Conferences attended prior to entry into Level III count toward fulfillment of this requirement.

Corporate Learning Course (CLC)

After completing the Squadron Leadership School and learning about squadron operations, officers should attend the Corporate Learning Course (CLC). The term "corporate" in the title of this course refers to CAP's status as a nonprofit humanitarian corporation chartered by the United States Congress in 1946. Accordingly, wing-level operations carry out the major duties and responsibilities of the corporation for each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The CLC is designed to explain how a wing operates in each of CAP's major mission elements and how mission support functions support these mission elements. Armed with this knowledge, senior members can learn how they and their respective organizations can best support the wing and fulfill the corporate role of CAP.

Successful completion of Level III makes the CAP member eligible for the Grover Loening Award. Once the member has served three years as a Captain and has met all requirements for Level III, the member is eligible for promotion to Major.



Level IV - Command and Staff

Civil Air Patrol designed this level for members who desire to become high-level leaders in CAP. Criteria for completion of this level include:

Specialty Track - Master Rating

Civil Air Patrol Specialty Tracks correspond directly or very closely to your duty assignment within the unit and are recognized through three ratings. The first is the technician rating, the second rating is your senior rating, and the third and highest rating level is the master rating. Each specialty track is unique and has its own set of requirements for completion.

Command or Staff Assignment

Occupy a command or staff position for a total of two years of service to Civil Air Patrol.

Presentation

Prepare and delivery a CAP-related presentation to a non-CAP group.

Region Staff College (RSC)

The CAP Region Staff College is designed to provide selected officers with the ability to better execute the duties and responsibilities associated with Civil Air Patrol command and staff positions. RSC provides students with in-depth studies of management, leadership, and communications skills, and shows how CAP's missions are accomplished at the region level. Seminar discussions, case studies, and practical exercises are integral parts of the RSC program.

Course Staff Position

Serve as a staff member at a national, region, or wing conference, or serve as a staff member at a SLS, CLC, or Unit Commanders Course.

Completion of all requirements in Level IV entitles the member to receive the Garber award. Additionally, with completion of Level 4 and four years time in grade as a Major, members will become eligible for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel.



Level V - Executive

This is the highest level of CAP career development and is for those officers performing duty as commanders or staff officers. As such, only the most dedicated senior members achieve this level. To complete this level, members must:

Level I Course

Occupy a command or staff position for a total of two years of service to Civil Air Patrol.

Command or Staff Assignment

Occupy a command or staff position for a total of three years of service to Civil Air Patrol.

Course Staff Position

Serve as a director at a SLS, CLC, or Unit Commanders Course.

National Staff College

Attend National Staff College.

RSC / NSC Staff Position

Serve as a staff member for a Region Staff College or National Staff College.

Completion of all requirements in Level IV entitles the member to receive the Wilson award, Civil Air Patrol's highest honor for officer members.

 

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