New Senior Members

New Senior Members Checklist

Purpose: To speed up the process of becoming a productive CAP senior member. The first 6 steps are applicable to any senior member.

Note: This document is a work in progress. If you’d like to add, please feel free. Please send any updates or questions to the webmaster.

Overview: Once you’re approved by National Headquarters as a member, you will need to complete level one of the CAP Senior Member professional development to get started.  Upon completion of level one, you will be assigned to a position within the squadron consistent with your interests and the needs of the squadron.  If desired, you may also begin working on Emergency Services qualifications (Aircrew, Ground Team, etc).  Emergency Services qualifications would be in addition to your duty assignment within the squadron.  You will need to get to Step 6 below before you qualify to get a Specialty Qualification Training Record (SQTR).

General Training

1. Download and follow the DC053 New Senior Member Checklist-1.  Here are the position descriptions for duty assignments within the squadron: Senior Member Position Descriptions

2. While you are waiting for your CAP membership number, download the following:
a. CAP Senior Member Great Start Handbook
b. CAPR 50-17 Senior Member Professional Development Program Read Chapters 1-4 to understand the first 2 levels of training.  Level 1 is a high-level orientation and is part of what is needed to participate in Search and Rescue (SAR) and Emergency Services (ES) activities (see paragraph five below for additional SAR and ES training requirements). Level 2 is the technical training required to perform your duties to assist the Squadron.

3. The first thing to do after you have your CAP ID card is to go to the National Capital Wing (different from CAP National Headquarters) website and sign up for an email account (left menu, scroll down and click the NatCap Apps ‘cloud’).  A CAP email is required for all senior members.  It will also provide you access to internal site privileges for the National Capital Wing website.  NatCap email is the primary way of communicating within the National Capital Wing as well as getting information about our squadron events and updates.  Again, you must have your CAPID before you can establish eServices or National Capital Wing email accounts.

4. Sooner or later, you’ll want to order a uniform. The least expensive option is the silkscreen blue polo shirt with CAP seal, more expensive options are embroidered, and personalized. You wear it with gray pants and black shoes. The embroidered CAP polo shirts may take longer to order. The cheaper, faster one is mentioned above. You can order uniform items online directly from Vanguard. Before ordering, recommend you review the regulation for uniforms by reading CAPM 39-1 (scroll down to find 39-1 and its chapters), CAP Uniform Manual. Senior members have a choice between military if they meet Air Force grooming and weight standards (Chapter 2) and civilian style uniforms (Chapter 6). Wearing a uniform to the Squadron meetings is required, but things happen and exceptions can be made. You must have a uniform for any CAP event other than the meetings.

5.  To participate in Emergency Services: Take the CAPT-116 General Emergency Services (GES) test online. Start here to begin review the General Emergency Services material. It gives you an overview of how CAP participates in emergency services. You’ll need to get your General Emergency Services rating prior to any other ES training. After reviewing the presentation, take the CAP test 116 (50 questions). Print out the certificate at the end (or save it electronically). You can also familiarize yourself with the course material by going to the Form and Publication website and reading these:
a. CAPR 60-1, CAP Flight Management
b. CAPR 60-3, CAP Emergency Services Training & Operational Missions
c. CAPR 60-4 Volume I, Part 1 Emergency Services Mission Forms
d. CAPR 60-4 Volume I, Part 2 Emergency Services Mission Forms-Incident Command System (ICS)
e. CAPR 60-4 Volume II, CAP Emergency Services Training Forms
f. CAPR 60-5, Critical Incident Stress Management
g. CAPR 173-3, Payment for Civil Air Patrol Support

CLICK HERE to take the test.

After you pass the GES test, you log onto eServices and print a Form 101 card. Go to My Ops Qualifications, Emergency Services. This is a very important page; you will go back here to enter all your qualifications, which are then approved electronically by the Emergency Services Officer. Click on the link above your name that says “show achievements”. Some things take overnight to update.  For any additional questions email the Squadron Emergency Services Training Officer or Emergency Services Officer.  You will need a printed SQTR before you can participate in any flying training or participate in any ground or air missions. In an effort to increase interoperability with other emergency service agencies, CAP has requried that everyone take some of the FEMA courses in the Incident Command System.  The required courses are listed in the electronic (and paper, if printed) SQTR.

6. Now you are ready for Level II training. Select the specialty track consistent with your duty assignment within the squadron.

Flying Training
7. The three flying positions (aircrew) are Mission Pilot (front left seat), Observer (front right seat) and Scanner (rear left seat). To qualify as a Mission Pilot or Observer, you must first complete Scanner training. That doesn’t mean you can’t prepare for all three while you wait. The steps for each are similar:
a. Complete General ES Training (see item 5 above) and print your SQTR from eServices.
b. Demonstrate the skills required on the Familiarization and Preparatory Training part of the SQTR to a designated examiner.  See the Emergency Services Training Officer to obtain information on training for aircrew positions.  Once you have the Familiarization and Preparatory Training completed, you can participate in training missions and even real missions. During those missions, you will demonstrate the Advanced Training skills shown on the SQTR and gain experience.
c. Log onto eServices, Ops Qualifications (just like Step 5 above) and enter your achievements on the appropriate SQTR to get your rating. You must use the CAPID of an Evaluator where it says Trainer CAPID. For Mission Pilot, there is also a Form 91 check ride.  See the ES Training Officer for assistance.

8. Take the Introductory Communications Training (I-CUT) course (contact the Squadron Communications Officer for details). You’ll need this for Observer and Mission Pilot as well many of the ground qualifications.

NOTE: ALL of your hard-copy, signed documents will need to be scanned and uploaded into eServices under the ‘My Operations Qualifications’ system.  We recommend you always keep your originals.