CAP Specialty Track Positions And Information


  • Personnel Officer.    Personnel technicians are responsible for a basic familiarity with all CAP personnel directives and the organization structure of CAP.  They perform all duties related to processing unit personnel actions to include new membership applications, unit activations and deactivations, charter changes, assignments, reassignments, transfers, retirements, promotions, demotions, termination, actions, and awards and decorations.  Establish and maintain up-to-date personnel files on individual members in coordination with the emergency services officer and the senior program officer.  Ensure that all regulations, policy letters, and forms required to administer the unit's personnel programs are available.  Research regulations to provide assistance and guidance to the unit commander and other staff members on all personnel matters as required.  
  • Public Affairs OfficerIn order for Civil Air Patrol, or any nonprofit organization, to survive and grow, it must rely on the good will and understanding of the public. The public affairs program includes those activities designed to tell the CAP story to both the public and CAP members, as well as how CAP fits into the local community. Public affairs could very well be explained as covering tomorrow's history today. While every CAP member is charged with responsibility as a public affairs representative, appointed public affairs officers carry the additional responsibility of official spokesperson for the unit and commander.  
  • Finance Officer. Perform duties as assigned by finance officer.  Responsible for posting ledgers and preparing vouchers, checks, and deposits for unit.  Performs other financial duties as assigned.  
  • Inspector GeneralThe CAP IG program is modeled after Air Force Instructions (AFI) 90-201 and 301.  The CAPR 123 series defines the scope and limitations of the CAP IG program.  It also clearly defines the two distinct duties IGs perform for CAP and CAP commanders: assessments and complaint resolutions.  
  • Professional Development OfficerKnow the structure of the CAP Senior Training Program and senior member activities.  Maintain an adequate stock of applicable forms.  Assist other members in proper completion of forms.  Maintain unit training records.  Maintain a unit training library.  Operate audio-visual equipment.  Assure security of training examinations.  Prepare documentation in support of training awards for the commander's review.  Submit applications for awards.  Coordinate member training accomplishments with other members of the staff.  
  • Administration OfficerThe administration functional area encompasses the operation and management of administration functions; command and staff/executive support; and general office management.  Specifically, duties include establishing and administering policies, procedures, and standards concerning publications, forms, and correspondence management; monitoring the Civil Air Patrol writing program; preparing administrative authorizations; and maintaining the official set of CAP publications.  
  • Logistics Officer.  Although the logistics career field is very broad within the Air Force, it is relatively restrictive within Civil Air Patrol.  The logistics field consists of aircraft maintenance, transportation, and supply.  CAP maintenance officers are the managers of aircraft maintenance, not the doers.  Although they may perform user-authorized maintenance, their primary duty is to supervise.  To actually perform aircraft maintenance would require FAA certification.  That certification is not within the scope of CAP.  Although the transportation officer may more easily be the vehicle maintenance individual, the primary duty is, again, supervision.  The supply officer is, again, a supervisor, but in many cases will actually administer as well as supervise the overall supply operation.  The logistics officer may hold all three positions in small units while in larger units there may be several individuals within each area.  
  • Flight Operations Officer.  Performs duties as assigned by the unit operations officer.  Responsible for the management of CAP aircraft and aircrews at any unit level.  
  • Operations Officer.  The operations officer is responsible for being familiar with applicable directives and knowing the purpose of the operations function.  Manages and directs operations activities to include coordination of operations matters with other staff agencies or interested agencies, development, in conjunction with the Safety Officer, of accident prevention programs and reporting procedures, and requesting the issuance of transportation and mission authorizations as required.    
  • Standardization/Evaluation Officer Performs duties as a CAP instructor pilot, responsible for flight and ground instruction in a particular aircraft.  Additional duties in the senior and master ratings include check pilot and chief check pilot.  
  • Emergency Services Officer The emergency services officer is expected to coordinate ES activities with unit staff officers (operations officer, communications officer, etc.), develop working relationships with local agencies responsible for search and rescue, disaster relief, and other local emergencies, develop and maintain an adequate emergency services force, coordinate with unit staff officers to determine the status of resources (personnel, vehicles, aircraft, radios, etc.), develop and maintain a rapid alerting system to assemble emergency services resources as needed, and develop a working relationship with the wing ES officer.   
  • Communications Officer We in the communications field have a tremendous responsibility.  Not only are we performing one of the most essential activities of civilization - communications; we also provide a service without which the Civil Air Patrol could not fulfill its mission.  It has been said many times that the success of any organization depends upon the strength of its communications.  The communications mission of CAP is to organize and maintain a reliable nationwide point-to-point, air-to-ground, and ground mobile capability for use in search and rescue, civil defense, and disaster relief missions; to augment other existing communications services in the event of floods, fire, tornado, and similar natural disasters and to support the US Air Force Survival and Recovery program.  
  • Aerospace Education Officer Implement an aerospace education program that involves both cadets and senior members.  The AEO coordinates programs that fulfill both the internal and external requirements of the aerospace education program - one of the three CAP missions.    
  • Cadet Program Officer.  Cadet programs officers serve as role models and leaders for the cadet program.  Senior members participating in the cadet program are responsible for ensuring that the cadet program is administered in accordance with Civil Air Patrol regulations.  Working with cadets is one of the most rewarding experiences in CAP and offers many unique opportunities at all levels of the organization.   
  • Safety Officer Delegation of authority is essential in any well-managed organization, but the command responsibility for a safety program cannot be delegated.  Therefore, the staff safety officer position has been established to assist the commander in developing and implementing the unit safety program.  
  • Plans and Programs Officer This track does not have a technician rating.  Members interested in tracking in plans and programs should gain as much experience as possible in the missions of CAP and other aspects of the program before pursuing this track.  As senior planner, you will normally be assigned as a group plans officer or as an assistant plans officer at wing or higher level.  As an assistant planner, your duties will consist of assisting the plans officer at the particular level assigned.  The duties will be similar to those of the master planner except for the de3gree of authority and supervisory responsibilities involved.   
  • CAP ChaplainThe Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Chaplain Service is composed of professionally trained and endorsed persons. This course is designed to introduce new CAP chaplains to this unique form of ministry.  It represents the first step in the chaplain's socialization into the culture and traditions of the CAP chaplaincy. As such, it builds upon the Level One training all CAP senior members share.  This course does not replace other senior Member training courses. It concentrates instead on material unique to the CAP chaplain service. Chaplains studying this guide should consider CAP publications referenced in the various sections as essential additional study material.  While any CAP senior member may study this material, only appointed CAP chaplains will be awarded credit for completion of this course. Completion requires that the applicant send the completed open book test at the end of this guide to the wing chaplain for evaluation.  
  • Historian.  The recording of events is significant.  Compilation of facts that tell of events combine to create a history.  A comprehensive history is of considerable value for research purposes and to serve as a documentary.  Since a history is objective and it describes in an accurate fashion activities that happened, it enables others to use the data for research, planning, and to portray activities of individuals and groups during specified times.  Histories not only tell of success, they cover failure and defeat, explain problems encountered and solutions attempted.   
  • Moral Leadership Assist and support CAP chaplains and squadron commanders by providing moral and ethical instruction to cadets, by assisting chaplains with worship, and by supporting chaplains during emergency services missions.   
  • Recruiting and Retention Officer.  In order for CAP, or any volunteer organization, to develop and maintain a strong membership base and a well qualified, trained, and experienced force of volunteers, it must rely on the good will and understanding of its prospective, active and inactive members, in addition to the public.  The recruiting and retention program includes activities designed to make the Civil Air Patrol missions and activities attractive to the public and CAP's current membership.  The overall goal is to persuade and ensure that membership in CAP is worthy of the prospective, active, and inactive member's time and commitment.  Recruiting and retentions could best be described as human resources, salesmanship, and career development counseling.  While every member of CAP is charged with the responsibility as a recruiter, appointed recruiting and retention officers carry the additional responsibility of full-time active pursuit of finding and retraining qualified individuals to fill the needs of the unit and the organization.   
  • Information Technology Officer As technology becomes more and more important in the operation of CAP missions, this track is designed to train individuals on the specific needs of a Civil Air Patrol organization. Information Technology Officers will manage unit technology resources and ensure the right equipment is sought and applied properly.  
  • Drug Demand Reduction.  The Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) program includes education and training, school programs and community outreach activities designated to assist its members in making a difference in this world by helping communities understand the effects drugs can have in their lives and community.  Committed and well qualified staffs members are needed, and should be supported and all their activities monitored regularly.  This requirement drives the need for CAP to develop DDR specialists for the organization.  >


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