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Civil Air Patrol

Senior Members

CAP Core values

Integrity – Excellence – Volunteer Service – Respect

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.”


 

Senior Grades

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

SFO – Senior Flight Officer – Grade reserved for former cadets now senior members ages 18-21
TFO – Technical Flight Officer – Grade reserved for former cadets now senior members ages 18-21
FO – Flight Officer Grade reserved for former cadets now senior members ages 18-21

SM – Senior Member Reserved for first time Senior Members who have just joined 

**A Senior member that wishes to join CAP who is also in the armed forces may opt to keep their current military NCO rank, regardless of their branch of service. If they do, there are currently no options for promotion in CAP, unless promoted in the military, or be promoted to 2d Lt in CAP. A Senior NCO will outrank a SM, but be below a Flight Officer.**


 Lieutenant
Colonel
Colonel  Brigadier
General
 Major General

 Second
Lieutenant
 First
Lieutenant
Captain  Major
 Senior Member  Flight Officer  Technical Flight
Officer
 Senior Flight
Officer
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