“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.”
New Cadet Resources
As a brand new cadet, you’ve should have received your Welcome to Civil Air Patrol email from National with instructions on how to register for eServices. Please take some time to follow those instructions. eServices is an important tool where you can manage your contact phone numbers and email addresses. It is also the gateway to the Learning Management system, where you will take your Leadership and Aerospace Achievement tests.
You should have also received and email from TeamSnap “CAP 1008”, asking you to confirm your registration. Please do so, as TeamSnap is the primary tool we use to manage signups for squadron activities. If you haven’t received your either of those welcome emails, contact the Deputy Commander for Cadets or the Senior Member that processed your membership.
Here are some important resources for you as a brand new cadet:
- NHQ New Cadet Help Page
- Learn To Lead PDFs
- Aerospace Dimensions PDFs (you will need to use your eServices login)
The Civil Air Patrol Uniform Regulation, CAP Regulation 39-1, can be found on the Publications page maintained by National Headquarters: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/members/publications/indexes-regulations-and-manuals-1700, and is the ultimate resource for all questions regarding the proper wear of the uniform. Below you will links to excerpts and summaries for your reference, but in case of any disagreement between any of this information and the regulation, the regulation is correct.
Cadets are expected to wear a complete uniform for all CAP events/activities. See the above referenced CAPR 39-1 for complete details on proper uniform wear, and the link below for information about obtaining uniforms. In short, the two basic complete uniforms will consist of either:
- ABU shirt, pants, and cap; sand belt, black boots, sand t-shirt, and rank insignia. ABU shirt shall have Name and CAP tapes sewn above the pockets.
- Blues shirt and pants (males), blouse and pants or skirt (females), flight cap with device, name tag, rank insignia, blue belt with silver buckle, black shoes, black socks. Ribbons are optional.
Exceptions to above Uniform Wear
Acquiring a complete uniform can take some time, so latitude is given to new cadets while they complete their uniform. The following exceptions are allowed for wearing an incomplete uniform:
- First O-Flight – Cadets taking their first O-Flight will be considered “in uniform” if they are wearing an ABU shirt or squadron t-shirt. ABU pants are not required. A complete ABU or Blues uniform is required for all subsequent O-Flights or ‘backseat’ rides in CAP aircraft.
- Squadron meetings for new cadets – Cadets are not required to have any uniform items before completing their first achievement (Curry), after they complete that achievement, they are expected to do their best and wear as much of the ABU uniform as they can while they complete sourcing the items. Do not wear a partial Blues uniform, wear ABUs until your Blues uniform is complete.
Cadet Promotions Track Report
CAP Core values
Definition of Leadership
“The art of influencing and directing people in a way that will win their obedience, confidence, respect, and loyal cooperation in achieving a common objective.”
C/Col – Cadet Colonel – Also referred to as “A Spaatz Cadet”
C/LtCol – Cadet Lieutenant Colonel
C/Maj – Cadet Major
C/Capt – Cadet Captain
C/1st Lt – Cadet First Lieutenant
C/2d Lt – Cadet Second Lieutenant
Cadet Non-commissioned Officers (NCO’s)
C/SMSgt – Cadet Senior Master Sergeant
C/MSgt – Cadet Master Sergeant
C/TSgt – Cadet Technical Sergeant
C/SSgt – Cadet Staff Sergeant
C/SrA – Cadet Senior Airman
C/A1c – Cadet Airman First Class
C/Amn – Cadet Airman
C/AB – Cadet Airman Basic
| Cadet First
| Cadet Master
| Cadet Senior
| Cadet Chief
|Cadet Airman Basic||Cadet Airman||Cadet Airman
Maj Gen – Major General – Reserved for current and past National Commander only
Brig Gen – Brigadier General – Reserved for National Command Staff
Col – Colonel – Reserved for current and past Wing and Region Commanders; and Regional and National Staff
Lt Col – Lieutenant Colonel – Highest grade possible for most senior members
Maj – Major
Capt – Captain
1st Lt – First Lieutenant
2d Lt – Second Lieutenant