SAREX Preparations

Emergency Services – Getting Started for CADETS

If you are NEW to the Civil Air Patrol and want to attend a Search And Rescue EXercise (SAREX), here are the things you must do in order to be able to attend:

    1. You must complete all required training OPSEC, Intro to CAP Safety, and Equal Opportunity Training:
      1. OPSEC - Operational Security Training (OPSEC) is the basis for the protection of information that regardless of the designation, the loss or compromise of sensitive information could pose a threat to the operations or missions of the agency designating the information to be sensitive. All CAP members must complete OPSEC Training and sign the non-disclosure agreement to remain emergency services qualified.  Follow the instructions after creating your eServices account.
      2. Introduction to CAP Safety – This course is available through e-Services. Look for the link – Online Safety Education on the left-hand side of the page under CAP Utilities. A passing score is 80%. Once you have completed the test, the system automatically annotates your records.  You can also find emergency services topic HERE.
      3. Equal Opportunity – This is a very simple training course that involves you reviewing some material online and then answering a few easy questions. Cadets are required to be briefed on Equal Opportunity. The Cadet Programs Staff or Personnel Officer can verify completion.  Equal Opportunity Training

 

  1. Once you have completed these basic and required courses, you should begin working on your first cadet rank, which is known as the Major General John F. Curry Achievement. The Stripes to Diamonds website provides additional details that you require to complete this achievement: (http://www.capmembers.com/cadet_programs/stripes_to_diamonds/)
    1. You must pass the Leadership 1 exam. (https://www.capnhq.gov/CAP.CadetTesting.Web/Default.aspx)
    2. Character Development Instruction – You must attend at least one Character Development Session per cadet achievement. Character Development is usually taught on the first meeting of every month.
    3. Pass the Cadet Physical Fitness Exam usually on the fourth Monday meetings.
    4. Pass the first Drill & Ceremonies Performance Test. Cadets who are studying the Learn to Lead tests will complete drill and ceremonies performance tests during Achievements 1 through 8 using CAP Test 78-2. This test is available in PDF only.
    5. Recite the Cadet Oath from MEMORY (in order to get promoted)!

 

The Cadet Oath

I pledge that I will serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program, and that I will attend meetings regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly, and advance my education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state, and nation.

  • The Cadet Super Chart provides a graphical layout of all the requirements from C/Airman to C/Colonel.

 

EMERGENCY SERVICES INVOLVEMENT

    1. Cadets are able, and encouraged to participate in the ES mission! All cadets are required to attain their General Emergency Services (GES) rating; after completion of GES, members are expected to work towards attaining one or more Emergency Services Specialties.
      1. Urban Direction Finding Team – (UDF)
      2. Ground Team Member Level 3, 2, or 1 – (GTM 3, 2 ,1)
      3. Mission Radio Operator – (MRO)
      4. Mission Staff Assistant – (MSA)
      5. Flight Line Marshaller – (FLM)
        • See Below OR Download the Task guides here: TASK GUIDES

 

    1. The minimum requirements to attain GES are:
      1. Be a current member in good standing
      2. Have completed Achievement 1 (Curry) — As listed above!
      3. Complete the online, open-book, General Emergency Services Questionnaire, CAPT 116 https://tests.cap.af.mil/newtests/test.cfm?grp=dos
      4. Complete the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Independent Study Course IS-100. The course and the end of course exam can be found here: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=is-100.b
      5. Upon successful completion of the two courses and tests above, please upload a scanned copy to e-Services for proper credit to your training record. Select the link that says My Operations Qualifications and upload them under in the appropriate qualification. The CAPT 116 is automatically recorded for you on e-Services.
      6. Once you have attained your GES rating, you are encouraged to participate in Squadron, and Wing Emergency Services (ES) activities to advance your skills.

 

  1. In order to attend a Search And Rescue EXercise (SAREX) once you have completed the BASIC qualifications, you must take the following items with you:
    1. Civil Air Patrol ID Card
    2. CAPF 101(E) – Specialty Qualification Card
    3. Specialty Qualification Training Record (SQTR) for your qualified specialty or your training specialty (UDF)
    4. CAP Form 60 (CAPF-60) Emergency Notification Data Form (The squadron provides one that is partially filled-in.)
    5. A Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) with the appropriate equipment per the Ground & Urban Direction Finding Team Task Guide.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

 


 

Senior Members must Complete Level I as outlined in CAPR 50-17 before beginning training in Emergency Services qualifications.

ES qualifications require certain online courses as part of the training. Online CAP exams can be accessed by clicking here. Online FEMA courses can be accessed by clicking here.

Basic Emergency Services This General Emergency Services qualification is a prerequisite for ALL other ES qualifications. Your unit ES Officer can guide you through these steps.

  • Complete the online General Emergency Services exam (CAPT 116)
  • This open-book exam will cover the following CAP Regulations: 60-1, 60-3, 60-5, 173-3
  • Complete the FEMA course Introduction to the Incident Command System (IS-100). Enter your completion information for this course into MIMS under the achievement IS-100.
  • Print your certificates of completion and submit copies to the unit ES officer for inclusion in your ES file.
  • Print a new CAPF 101 from CAP eServices.

It is also extremely helpful to complete Basic and Advanced Communications User Training to obtain your Radio Operators Authorization (ROA) card. This will satisfy individual requirements for a number of ES qualifications as it is required training to operate any CAP radio. Classes for this training are announced periodically by email.

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Ground Team

Reference material for ground positions can be downloaded from the national CAP website (Click here). The primary material will be derived from the Ground and Urban DF Team Task Guide and the Ground and Urban DF Team Reference Text. Please do not try to print either of these documents in their entirety, since they are very large documents. Print only what you need at a given time.

 

Ground Team Member Level 3

  • Print SQTR for Ground Team Member Level 3
  • Team up with qualified Ground Team Member or Leader for mentoring and completion of the requirements on the SQTR
  • Complete CAPT 117, part 1
  • Enter task completion data into MIMS
  • Complete the FEMA course National Incident Management System, an Introduction (IS-700). Enter your completion information for this course into MIMS under the achievement IS-700.
  • Submit copies of the following to the unit ES Officer for inclusion in your ES file: completed SQTR, completion certificates for CAPT 117, part 1 and IS -700.
  • Upon completion and unit commander approval, print new CAPF 101.

There are two additional levels for the Ground Team Member qualification with Level 1 being the most advanced.

 

Mission Base Staff

Reference material for Mission Base staff positions can be downloaded from the national CAP website (Click here). The primary material will be derived from the Mission Base Task Guide. Please do not try to print this document in its entirety, since is a very large document. Print only what you need at a given time.

These qualifications are prerequisites for higher-ranking staff positions. Aircrew and Ground Team qualifications are prerequisites for other staff positions. If you choose a particular mission base position as a goal, check the SQTR for that position for its prerequisites

 

Mission Staff Assistant

  • Print SQTR for Mission Staff Assistant
  • Team up with qualified Mission Base staff member for mentoring and completion of the requirements on the SQTR
  • Complete CAPT 117, part 3
  • Enter task completion data into MIMS
  • Complete the FEMA course National Incident Management System, an Introduction (IS-700). Enter your completion information for this course into MIMS under the achievement IS-700.
  • Submit copies of the following to the unit ES Officer for inclusion in your ES file: completed SQTR, completion certificates for CAPT 117, part 3 and IS -700.
  • Upon completion and unit commander approval, print new CAPF 101.

 

Mission Radio Operator

  • Print SQTR for Mission Radio Operator
  • Team up with qualified Mission Radio Operator or Communications Unit Leader for mentoring and completion of the requirements on the SQTR
  • Complete CAPT 117, part 3
  • Enter task completion data into MIMS
  • Complete the FEMA course National Incident Management System, an Introduction (IS-700). Enter your completion information for this course into MIMS under the achievement IS-700.
  • Submit copies of the following to the unit ES Officer for inclusion in your ES file: completed SQTR, completion certificates for CAPT 117, part 3 and IS -700.
  • Upon completion and unit commander approval, print new CAPF 101.

 

Flight Line Marshaller

*** NOTE: Even though this is a Mission Base qualification, the training materials for this qualification are found in the Aircrew and Flight Line Task Guide and Mission Aircrew Reference Text. You should also note that Part 2 of CAPT 117 is required instead of Part 3.

  • Print SQTR for Flight Line Marshaller
  • Team up with qualified Flight Line Marshaller or Supervisor for mentoring and completion of the requirements on the SQTR
  • Complete CAPT 117, part 2
  • Enter task completion data into MIMS
  • Complete the FEMA course National Incident Management System, an Introduction (IS-700). Enter your completion information for this course into MIMS under the achievement IS-700.
  • Submit copies of the following to the unit ES Officer for inclusion in your ES file: completed SQTR, completion certificates for CAPT 117, part 2 and IS -700.
  • Upon completion and unit commander approval, print new CAPF 101.

 

Important Notes

  • Your mentor must have completed Skills Evaluator Training (SET) to be qualified to sign off tasks on the SQTR.
  • Mission participation requirements on these SQTRs require valid mission numbers for either funded or unfunded missions.
  • You are encouraged to take the SET exam after completing any of the qualifications above. This will allow you to mentor new members as you continue your CAP career.